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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!


Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
I've asked where this dialog might be hiding in PowerPoint over on the SuperUser SE
Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
Thanks Rachel - hilariously funny that you found this when we're only two offices apart at work! Tres nerdy way of communicating.
Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
I tried insert symbol in Word, but I could only find the text figures
Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
@spiral good point - I've added that to the question
Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
I could be wrong that Corbel includes both, "You're wrong. Corbel only includes text figures" could be the answer.
Sep
10
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
I do not understand how Comic Sans falls into Williams's notion of script. Can you summarise Williams's definition in your answer?
Sep
9
comment Why would a designer want to purchase a typeface instead of using free ones?
Why is this down-voted, it seems an interesting reason that is not covered in the other answers? Anyway, I'll up-vote to balance it out.
Sep
9
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
9
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
8
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
8
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
8
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@Medinoc, do you mean "question" or "answer"?
Sep
8
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@DA01 There are about 3,140 papers returned by Google Scholar for the search "Comic Sans", I'm holding on to the hope that some of them are relevant.
Sep
8
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
6
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
5
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
5
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
That David Kadavy article is brilliant - very informative. Thanks.
Sep
5
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
Interesting answer, thanks. Can you expand on what you mean by 'suboptimal' in "suboptimal character shapes"?
Sep
5
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
Oh dear, this whole thread is starting to make me feel terribly unfashionable! Re your last edit, I like boxed wine. It stays fresh without you having to down the whole bottle. Decant a carafe first and it even looks posh. Fabulous.
Sep
5
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
He does have sandals on, so I think one could argue that the design choices are consistent.