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Essex born programmer and researcher at Microsoft's lab in Cambridge. Dad. Opera lover. Keen but shite violinist. Too many hobbies and obsessions to list!


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awarded  Favorite Question
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@Mentalist the idea that tracing out Comic Sans by hand to give some feel for how it works as a handwriting font is fascinating and had not occurred to me. But I am struck by how difficult it is to trace out someone else's handwriting too, so although you'd gain insight, I'm not sure it serves as a great measure of handwrityness.
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@allcaps Thanks for the technical name, but isn't it a single-storey and double-storey 'a'? Neither are three storey, no? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A
Sep
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awarded  Famous Question
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@Tyler, yeah, I think I can only use the 2nd link because I'm a member of the One Letter group on flickr. It's in the group's pool but is not set to "public" so it's only visible in the groups pool. I should have checked for that and probably should not post a direct link!
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@TylerH Not for me, but maybe that's just because I am logged in to flickr. Try this and this instead.
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@Medinoc, do you mean "question" or "answer"?
Sep
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awarded  Informed
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
My wife runs a preschool. There they use Comic Sans, not because they are talking down to the kids but because they need a font that uses letter forms that the kids are learning for themselves, i.e. an 'a' like this and not like this (there's a technical name for such fonts, but I cannot remember what it is). There are many other fonts with this characteristic, but they are not as well known nor as readily available for early years practitioners as Comic Sans
Sep
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awarded  Yearling
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
trlkly Bristol's answer references David Kadavy's article which does exactly what you are after (though Bristol doesn't recount the article's points in her/his answer). I really like the current answers, especially this one of Brendan's, but I'm going to hold off marking any as the answer until one provides a more thorough technical explanation of Comic Sans's "legibility, reading speed, comprehension, and things like that" and an annotated list of formal studies. Care to write it?
Sep
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awarded  Good Question
Sep
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awarded  Notable Question
Sep
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awarded  Popular Question
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
I did look at Comic Sans Criminal before posting here, but I was unhappy with their criticisms: that Comic Sans was designed to be child-like in appearance, that it is used in lots of unexpected places where its comic nature seems out-of-place, and that although it is very legible for dyslexics there may be even more legible fonts. The answers here are much better, more detail, more breadth, and more depth.
Sep
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revised What is wrong with Comic Sans?
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Sep
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awarded  Nice Question
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
That David Kadavy article is brilliant - very informative. Thanks.
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
Interesting answer, thanks. Can you expand on what you mean by 'suboptimal' in "suboptimal character shapes"?
Sep
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comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
He does have sandals on, so I think one could argue that the design choices are consistent.