I was totally ready to let Fontgate go. I was. Totally ready to move on to something else and pretend it never happened. It’s better for my nerves. But people keep saying silly things in defense of it, and such pushback will not stand, folks.
I almost always overlook ignorance in these cases, (see any comment with “I don’t understand all the…” “what’s the big deal…” “why…”) poor souls don’t know any better, and that’s ok. I believe some people truly cannot tell the difference between fonts and don’t get the big deal (and can’t seem to figure out how Google search works to read up on it*). But then there’s trolling by scientists and science advocates that clearly know better. Well, sirs and madams, that convinced me that we should at least finish out the week with some more anti-Comic-Sans awareness.
I’m pretty sure everyone’s just having fun with this even if inflection gets lost in some comments, (and Brian Cox isn’t much of an offender even if he gets the brunt in the comic**) but there’s a massive non-sequitur trend going around in various forms of ‘Big Science did something awesome, therefore they can poop on Graphic design however they want.’ Anyone in this camp has to understand one thing: They sure can. And we’re gonna make fun of them a whole lot for it.
Graphic Design is a discipline and as such there are ways to do it right and even more way to do it wrong. Comic sans, any application of it whatsoever, is wrong.*** And it’s been wrong for years. I would never even use it in a comic.**** So when we’re trying to focus on details of a big presentation like that on Wed. and see Comic Sans, it comes across like this:
“WE fOuNd teH HiGgs bOsoN–LULZIES!! *fart joke* J/K we don’t know or care how to use this slide presentation program thingy. Science tastes like watermelons! I will now end my presentation with armpit farts. *frrp-frrp-FRrrp*” -Cern
Totally up to them if they want to do that. But then we’re all: “Could someone help them with that please? What? they’re doing it on purpose? oh. no. they. didn’t. It’s webcomic time!”
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*see comments from Wed.
**Then again he did stick his neck out in favor of C-S.
***Unless you’re 4.
****The voice of Comic-Sans in todays comic was the only time I’ve ever used it, and I’m going to start a regimen of antibiotics.