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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
    More: Interesting, Comic Sans MS., thesis, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Particle Physics, God particle  
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2013-06-16 07:44:01 PM  
 
2013-06-16 07:45:43 PM  
And this is why people should employ graphic designers, many of whom have deleted the Comic Sans and Papyrus typefaces from their computers, and who will warn their customers about doing dumb sh*t as written in TFA.
/don't try this at home
//we're professionals
///graphic designer
 
2013-06-16 07:46:34 PM  
Woops.  DRTFA.
 
2013-06-16 08:01:45 PM  
CERN is in Switzerland. So is the Züricher Hochschule fur Künst which produced at least one Helvetica fanatic.

While a beautiful, simple yet elegant, sans-serif typeface, it's really horrible for long winded writing of say, more than 3 words.  Apparently the school teaches that blue/green letters on a slightly darker blue background is also acceptable.

So Comic Sans, a less formal and curvier sans-serif would be fine in Switzerland if the paper background and letter color were very close.
 
2013-06-16 08:13:52 PM  

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


Lord I hate Papyrus.

/more than Comic Sans
 
2013-06-16 08:55:45 PM  

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


I'm going to attend your funeral in a Barney costume.
 
2013-06-16 09:04:50 PM  

Shostie: Where the hell is TMLO when we need him?


We need some sort of symbol to summon from from whence he slumbers
 
2013-06-16 09:19:16 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: 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.)


Apple
 
2013-06-16 09:35:11 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: 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 image 359x639]

Maybe if you lose the flower it'd be OK


Better.
media.tumblr.com
/I honestly think poster meant this one
 
2013-06-16 10:03:47 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-16 10:15:58 PM  
The people at CERN should be able to use whatever mother f'in font they want. They certainly shouldn't have to give a fark what someone who spends their days in Starbucks strategizing over which social media platform to use to promote the local extermination company or doggie daycare thinks.
 
2013-06-16 10:22:18 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: 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.


From the comments:

Teresa Nielsen Hayden, 12 January 2010, 11:53 PM
If you say anything about Al Gore, you get a bunch of peabrained commenters popping up to post off-topic derogatory remarks about him. They aren't original, and they seldom engage with any actual issues, but doing it makes them briefly feel smart.
 
2013-06-16 10:55:43 PM  
Increase the size of your period but nothing else. Adds a bit of space. When you have to write a 30 page paper, this can make a huge difference, and if you don't have to submit an electronic copy it is nearly indistinguishable.

/Information for life
//Probably outdated now, but it worked well in high school (2000-2004)
 
2013-06-16 11:04:28 PM  
How do you use a different font here anyway?
 
2013-06-16 11:14:25 PM  

DeltaPunch: I wrote my entire PhD thesis in "Fish in the Bathroom" font:

[www.designtreasure.com image 550x362]

It was on the aerodynamics of a curveball.


I find the claim that you wrote your thesis in an odd font more believable than the claim that the aerodynamics of a curveball is PhD thesis level work.
 
2013-06-16 11:35:00 PM  

Yes please: DeltaPunch: I wrote my entire PhD thesis in "Fish in the Bathroom" font:

[www.designtreasure.com image 550x362]

It was on the aerodynamics of a curveball.

I find the claim that you wrote your thesis in an odd font more believable than the claim that the aerodynamics of a curveball is PhD thesis level work.


Back in High School when I was looking at colleges, I was briefly shown through a lab at one (on my way to talk with a professor), complete with grad students working on the project, that was studying the aerodynamics of fastballs. Fluid mechanics can get pretty messy, I have no trouble believing that you could do PhD level stuff on that.

I suspect the post was a joke tying into the shape of the font, but he actually hit on something there.
 
2013-06-16 11:37:03 PM  

Yes please: DeltaPunch: I wrote my entire PhD thesis in "Fish in the Bathroom" font:

[www.designtreasure.com image 550x362]

It was on the aerodynamics of a curveball.

I find the claim that you wrote your thesis in an odd font more believable than the claim that the aerodynamics of a curveball is PhD thesis level work.


At one point it was, dammit!

*sobs*
 
2013-06-16 11:40:52 PM  
 
2013-06-16 11:44:13 PM  
I'm kind of over getting all worked up over Comic Sans. It sucks, but whatever you know? It's just a typeface. I'm not going to get angry at that.
 
2013-06-17 12:04:44 AM  

HotWingAgenda: 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. [...] 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.


So basically, if I apply to your company I should use Georgia, because everyone's acclimated to it from its compulsory use in email.
 
2013-06-17 12:18:24 AM  

InternetSecurityGuard: It's Arial or nothing.


Arial's a shiat font. All the letters look the same.
 
2013-06-17 12:29:59 AM  

moothemagiccow: Arial's a shiat font. All the letters look the same.


You really shouldn't go up against Kam Fong. http://youtu.be/hMqT6Mg6fn8

You might end up chained to an assembly line in China addicted to smack.
 
2013-06-17 12:53:50 AM  
Really, if you people want to have some real fun, start using AR Carter.
 
2013-06-17 01:06:01 AM  

EngineerAU: moothemagiccow: Arial's a shiat font. All the letters look the same.

You really shouldn't go up against Kam Fong. http://youtu.be/hMqT6Mg6fn8

You might end up chained to an assembly line in China addicted to smack.


Don't come at me with your Windows 95 fonts, amateur
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McZSUjP1AcE&t=2m15s
 
2013-06-17 01:52:56 AM  
I did some book design work for a company in what I thought was a neutral Georgia font. It was fine, looked ok, and fit in the spaces I'd allotted for everything. Then they wanted me to change it to Arial. I was simultaneously sad that they went to a "lesser" font and annoyed that I had to redo everything. Coolest CSB that ever cooled.
 
2013-06-17 02:30:19 AM  
Arial bites dog @$$.
 
2013-06-17 02:38:11 AM  

BumpInTheNight: While Gotham is at the science fair, I'm banging the prom queen behind the woodshop.


But why are old west signs in Algerian?
 
2013-06-17 02:51:39 AM  

poot_rootbeer: HotWingAgenda: 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. [...] 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.

So basically, if I apply to your company I should use Georgia, because everyone's acclimated to it from its compulsory use in email.


No, we each use a different non-peasant font so we can tell at a glance who we're conversing with.  If you wrote the HR people in my font, they would think I had a stalker.
 
2013-06-17 07:40:36 AM  
www.explosm.net
 
2013-06-17 08:04:45 AM  
This is we're just going to tattoo our dissertation on our backs so everyone will know we're serious.

/Hoping for the cover page
 
2013-06-17 08:30:00 AM  
Comic Serif, baby!

/ducks
 
2013-06-17 08:46:25 AM  
Comic - Humor
Sans - Without

Comic Sans = Without Humor.
 
2013-06-17 09:10:56 AM  

HotWingAgenda: No, we each use a different non-peasant font so we can tell at a glance who we're conversing with.  If you wrote the HR people in my font, they would think I had a stalker.


Um... Never mind, I don't think I'll be applying at your company.

/what an odd solution to a problem I've never had.
 
2013-06-17 09:20:36 AM  

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


Factiweb, the best kind of Fact.

/If there were some other public domain fonts that look hand written, which were also installed with most operating systems (at least windows), then people would use those also.
 
2013-06-17 10:10:59 AM  
What I find more interesting is not that Comic Sans bit but how so called professors were easily biased by typeface. So much for an open mind.
 
2013-06-17 10:56:23 AM  

mrlewish: What I find more interesting is not that Comic Sans bit but how so called professors were easily biased by typeface. So much for an open mind.


the problem is too open of a mind, shiat just dribbles around freely
 
2013-06-17 02:35:29 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.


I must be the only person on the planet that finds Arial hard to read. Especially when it's small. It gives me a headache.
 
2013-06-17 03:30:19 PM  

EngineerAU: The people at CERN should be able to use whatever mother f'in font they want. They certainly shouldn't have to give a fark what someone who spends their days in Starbucks strategizing over which social media platform to use to promote the local extermination company or doggie daycare thinks.


I kind of think it was intentional.  The folks over at Cern are not unknown for their sense of humor.
 
2013-06-17 11:44:16 PM  
I figured everyone forced their own fonts via browsers nowadays. Also, FARK! My Georgia edge is gone. I went through a lot of classmate's papers, and all of them stuck with TNR.
 
2013-06-18 07:15:57 AM  
As a member of the PC master race, I must state that anyone using anything other than FixedSys is a farking noob.
 
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