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Comic Sans Creator Explains How He Made The World's Most-hated Font

Posted at 7:04AM Thursday 05 Jun 2014

Vincent Connare is in many ways the ideal keynote speaker for the fourth annual Boring Conference: his talk is about "the world's favourite font". As a topic it sounds boring, but it isn't.

That's because Connare is the inventor of Comic Sans, a typeface that is arguably both the most popular and the most reviled on the planet. Before it came along, most people barely registered type. But everyone recognises Comic Sans, especially on those occasions when its deployment is arrestingly inappropriate. Despite the campaign waged against it by designers and the website Ban Comic Sans, the jokey comic book font still turns up on tombstones and mortuary invoices. Connare, however, didn't invent it so that people could make jaunty "Employees Must Wash Hands" signs.


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