Sunday, April 26, 2009

People Aren't Forgetting Faces Any More

People are starting to notice and remember typefaces. There is a feature length movie being shown around the country called "Helvetica" and it is about that single typeface. There is also a decade old grassroots movement to ban the overuse of the typeface "comic sans".

Comic Sans is a casual script typeface designed by Vincent Connare and released in 1994 by the Microsoft Corporation. It is classified as a casual script designed to imitate comic book lettering, for use in informal documents. Comic Sans is used in both print and webcomics as a substitute for hand-lettering, although many comic artists prefer to use custom-designed computer fonts instead. Many designers feel the typeface is overused and used inappropriately.

The appropriate use of typefaces needs to be part of general visual communication skills learned by all students. This used to be something only learned by professional designers but new technologies have put the tools of type design into the hands of the general public.

Click on the heading above to see a video about the comic sans controversy.

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