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(The Week)   Choice of typeface affects how we think about written content. So next time, don't submit your dissertation in Comic Sans   (theweek.com) divider line 90
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2013-06-16 07:59:24 AM  
I'm not the world's greatest Comic Sans fan, but really, grow up.
 
2013-06-16 09:18:14 AM  
i555.photobucket.com
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-16 09:51:32 AM  
In my day we had Computer Modern and if you knew you would print your thesis on one of those fancy PostScript printers with preloaded fonts you could get fancy and use Times.  And WE LIKED IT.
 
2013-06-16 11:38:41 AM  
Where the hell is TMLO when we need him?
 
2013-06-16 01:00:24 PM  
Write your dissertation in Symbol so that everyone thinks you're smart.
 
2013-06-16 01:01:02 PM  
I don't know if I trust an article written in jaf-factiweb.
 
2013-06-16 01:43:55 PM  

vygramul: I'm not the world's greatest Comic Sans fan, but really, grow up.


I like it when people writ ein Comic Sans. Let's me know who the retards are - like truck nutz and Confederate flags
 
2013-06-16 01:44:46 PM  

phalamir: vygramul: I'm not the world's greatest Comic Sans fan, but really, grow up.

I like it when people writ ein Comic Sans. Let's me know who the retards are - like truck nutz and Confederate flags


I also like it when people write using correct spelling - again, retards

/Eye r retard
 
2013-06-16 01:45:21 PM  
www.pbfingers.com
 
2013-06-16 01:47:06 PM  
Type designers have known this for centuries.
 
2013-06-16 01:48:53 PM  
"...the results were weighted to evaluate which fonts inspired more confidence in the research..."

Somebody does not know what 'weight' means in regards to statistics.
 
2013-06-16 01:49:17 PM  
Use Brush Script instead.
 
2013-06-16 01:52:54 PM  
Papyrus for the title and section headings.
 
2013-06-16 02:09:02 PM  
i40.tinypic.com
 
2013-06-16 02:14:23 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-16 02:33:29 PM  
It's Arial or nothing.
 
2013-06-16 02:38:13 PM  
Haha, man. Typeface humor. Any moment someone is going to make a comment about Papyrus and this party is going to blow wide open before it ends because Comic sans and Papyrus are the only two subjects for the two jokes about fonts.
 
2013-06-16 02:40:21 PM  
What about novels?

It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us,
we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to Heaven,
we were all going direct the her way-
in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
 
2013-06-16 02:50:11 PM  
I submitted the final draft of my masters thesis to my supervisor in Kidprint and told her I did the same for my three examiners. She came close to setting a land-speed-record sprinting to the department mail room in trying to retrieve them. I also included a "disacknowledgement" section in her copy as well. She didn't see the humor in the situation.
 
2013-06-16 02:50:31 PM  
lsd.dula.tv
 
2013-06-16 02:53:19 PM  

Oblig.



 Listen up. I know the shiat you've been saying behind my back. You think I'm stupid. You think I'm immature. You think I'm a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I'm Comic Sans, and I'm the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes farking Gutenberg.

You don't like that your coworker used me on that note about stealing her yogurt from the break room fridge? You don't like that I'm all over your sister-in-law's blog? You don't like that I'm on the sign for that new Thai place? You think I'm pedestrian and tacky? Guess the fark what, Picasso. We don't all have seventy-three weights of stick-up-my-ass Helvetica sitting on our seventeen-inch MacBook Pros. Sorry the entire world can't all be done in stark Eurotrash Swiss type. Sorry some people like to have fun. Sorry I'm standing in the way of your minimalist Bauhaus-esque fascist snoozefest. Maybe sometime you should take off your black turtleneck, stop compulsively adjusting your Tumblr theme, and lighten the fark up for once.
People love me. Why? Because I'm fun. I'm the life of the party. I bring levity to any situation. Need to soften the blow of a harsh message about restroom etiquette? SLAM. There I am. Need to spice up the directions to your graduation party? WHAM. There again. Need to convey your fun-loving, approachable nature on your business' website? SMACK. Like daffodils in motherfarking spring.

When people need to kick back, have fun, and party, I will be there, unlike your pathetic fonts. While Gotham is at the science fair, I'm banging the prom queen behind the woodshop. While Avenir is practicing the clarinet, I'm shredding "Reign In Blood" on my double-necked Stratocaster. While Univers is refilling his allergy prescriptions, I'm racing my tricked-out, nitrous-laden Honda Civic against Tokyo gangsters who'll kill me if I don't cross the finish line first. I am a sans serif Superman and my only kryptonite is pretentious buzzkills like you.

It doesn't even matter what you think. You know why, jagoff? Cause I'm famous. I am on every major operating system since Microsoft farking Bob. I'm in your signs. I'm in your browsers. I'm in your instant messengers. I'm not just a font. I am a force of motherfarking nature and I will not rest until every uptight armchair typographer cock-hat like you is surrounded by my lovable, comic-book inspired, sans-serif badassery.

Enough of this bullshiat. I'm gonna go get hammered with Papyrus.

 
2013-06-16 03:04:53 PM  
Listen, I don't care what small minded people think of the Fonts I like. You can fark off for all I care.
 
2013-06-16 03:10:17 PM  
I just assume anyone who uses comic sans (with some exceptions, like a child's poster) is a dumbass.

It shows that they are either clueless about how others perceive their work, or just don't care. Either way, it's an indication that social mores are meaningless to them, and makes me doubt their competency in general.

Think about someone who does a big business presentation wearing a rainbow colored wig and a MLP t-shirt. No matter the content of the presentation or the quality of the info, the way they choose to present it makes the info suspect..
 
2013-06-16 03:25:21 PM  
I use Garamond for serifs and Arial for sans sarif

Every other typeface can gtfo
 
2013-06-16 03:30:20 PM  
I was looking for a new job for a few months and not getting much action.  I changed the font on my resume from TNR to Garmond, and boom! got a job.

I am totally changing the font on my thesis proposal.
 
2013-06-16 03:34:42 PM  

ZAZ: In my day we had Computer Modern and if you knew you would print your thesis on one of those fancy PostScript printers with preloaded fonts you could get fancy and use Times.  And WE LIKED IT.


You had preloaded fonts? Lucky. I had to come up with a fair amount of escape codes to make my Epson MX-80's output look reasonably legible.
 
2013-06-16 03:42:49 PM  
Everything in Stencil. Makes me feel very A-Team and punk rock.
 
2013-06-16 03:58:55 PM  
archive.4plebs.org
 
2013-06-16 04:06:05 PM  
When applying for jobs, I've gotten in the habit of going to the company's site, seeing what fonts their designers chose, and then using the same fonts (or the nearest free alternates) to format my résumé. Sometimes I use thir accent colors, too.

I figure that if only subconsciously, seeing a typeface that's familiar from day to day businesses will make some people feel that I'm a better match.
 
2013-06-16 04:41:10 PM  
Don't know much about your fonts and fancy graphics stuff, I just know I like Tahoma. Easy on these oldguy eyes
 
2013-06-16 04:53:20 PM  

poot_rootbeer: When applying for jobs, I've gotten in the habit of going to the company's site, seeing what fonts their designers chose, and then using the same fonts (or the nearest free alternates) to format my résumé. Sometimes I use thir accent colors, too.

I figure that if only subconsciously, seeing a typeface that's familiar from day to day businesses will make some people feel that I'm a better match.


That's clever thinking, and shows good planning. Are you sure you belong here?
 
2013-06-16 04:54:05 PM  
I use Georgia to make sure nobody mistakes my work for anothers
 
2013-06-16 05:05:21 PM  
fc01.deviantart.net
/everything's better with Unown
 
2013-06-16 05:16:11 PM  

InternetSecurityGuard: It's Arial or nothing.


Worst. Font. Ever.

At least Comic Sans is legible.
 
2013-06-16 05:23:18 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: InternetSecurityGuard: It's Arial or nothing.

Worst. Font. Ever.

At least Comic Sans is legible.


Come on.  Arial is boring and unattractive, but it's hardly illegible.
 
2013-06-16 05:31:21 PM  

Andric: ArcadianRefugee: InternetSecurityGuard: It's Arial or nothing.

Worst. Font. Ever.

At least Comic Sans is legible.

Come on.  Arial is boring and unattractive, but it's hardly illegible.


OK, not completely illegible. I do, however, have argument with any font in which two completely distinct characters are completely identical.

Lower-l and upper-I, in Arial's case.

lIlIlIlIlIIIIlllIl

Kim Jong Il should not look like Kim Jong ll (although I will admit that would be less of an issue if people wrote his name correctly and hyphenated Jong-Il).  Illinois should not look like lllinois (The Beastie Boys' "License to Ill" always cracked me up as "License to lll").

The word "Ill" written in three different (offending) fonts:

Helvetica: Ill
Gill Sans: Ill
Arial: Ill
 
2013-06-16 05:31:25 PM  
I use times new roman myself, but I honestly don't understand all the hate for comic sans. The people who need to grow up are the ones who get their panties in a twist over a font.
 
2013-06-16 05:31:42 PM  
Aside from a funny anecdote about the CERN researchers publishing their findings in Comic Sans there was little new info.
 
2013-06-16 05:33:19 PM  

doyner: I don't know if I trust an article written in jaf-factiweb.


I don't trust the writing skills of someone who believes "A lot" is "Alot".

Also, while the premise of the article is known to every graphic designer living and most dead, it's hardly news.

ecx.images-amazon.com

Seriously, this is the book if you need to denebulize the topic of readability.
 
2013-06-16 05:47:45 PM  
Maybe they can have a followup article on why half the web thinks light gray text on a white background is a good choice.

(This site does it right and uses a dark gray but not quite black color; the rest of the web appears to only have read half the W3 recommendations.)
 
2013-06-16 05:50:53 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Andric: ArcadianRefugee: InternetSecurityGuard: It's Arial or nothing.

Worst. Font. Ever.

At least Comic Sans is legible.

Come on.  Arial is boring and unattractive, but it's hardly illegible.

OK, not completely illegible. I do, however, have argument with any font in which two completely distinct characters are completely identical.

Lower-l and upper-I, in Arial's case.

lIlIlIlIlIIIIlllIl

Kim Jong Il should not look like Kim Jong ll (although I will admit that would be less of an issue if people wrote his name correctly and hyphenated Jong-Il).  Illinois should not look like lllinois (The Beastie Boys' "License to Ill" always cracked me up as "License to lll").

The word "Ill" written in three different (offending) fonts:

Helvetica: Ill
Gill Sans: Ill
Arial: Ill




Similarly, I hate fonts that make it impossible to distinguish the capital letter I and the numeral 1.
 
2013-06-16 05:52:14 PM  
I wrote my entire PhD thesis in "Fish in the Bathroom" font:

www.designtreasure.com

It was on the aerodynamics of a curveball.
 
2013-06-16 06:02:17 PM  
Using comic sans in any sort of professional context is like going to a funeral in a Barney costume
 
2013-06-16 06:08:05 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Similarly, I hate fonts that make it impossible to distinguish the capital letter I and the numeral 1.


Apparently, "Brioni" used to do that, but they updated the font to correct that issue because Al Gore told them to.
 
2013-06-16 06:26:18 PM  

poot_rootbeer: When applying for jobs, I've gotten in the habit of going to the company's site, seeing what fonts their designers chose, and then using the same fonts (or the nearest free alternates) to format my résumé. Sometimes I use thir accent colors, too.

I figure that if only subconsciously, seeing a typeface that's familiar from day to day businesses will make some people feel that I'm a better match.


I hardly ever look at my company's website... maybe once every three months, at most.  And I'm one of the people responsible for keeping it updated.  If someone wanted to submit a resume in the standard letterhead font we used internally, they wouldn't be able to, because we own an exclusive license to it.

Smeggy Smurf: I use Georgia to make sure nobody mistakes my work for anothers


I write all of my emails in Georgia, but only because I have to.  I'm not allowed to use TNR or any other peasant font.
 
2013-06-16 06:27:38 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Similarly, I hate fonts that make it impossible to distinguish the capital letter I and the numeral 1.


That's why Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) cannot include letters i and o and q, to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0.
 
2013-06-16 06:58:28 PM  
storyful.s3.amazonaws.com

storyful.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-06-16 07:03:07 PM  

Cormee: Using comic sans in any sort of professional context is like going to a funeral in a Barney costume


www.masks-wigs-and-costumes.com

Maybe if you lose the flower it'd be OK
 
2013-06-16 07:06:32 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Similarly, I hate fonts that make it impossible to distinguish the capital letter I and the numeral 1.


That used to be a feature. I learned to type on a manual typewriter whose number keys started at 2. If you wanted a 1 you used a lower-case L.
 
2013-06-16 07:10:13 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Gill Sans: Ill


Gill Sans is the worst. Upper case I, lower case l, and number 1 are identical. I worked at a company that required all communication be in Gill Sans (their chosen corporate typeface). Fine for most; context clears up ambiguity. But I worked in IT, where precise typing is the difference between a command working and royally farking something up.

Consolas FTW -- I, l, 1 ; 0 O
 
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