Comic Neue font attempts to make Comic Sans better, but actually makes it worse


Digital Arts | 07 April 14

Australian designer Craig Rozynski has created Comic Neue, a new and currently free font that he's designed as an 'improvement' on the much-hated Comic Sans. But in attempting to make Comic Sans more visually pleasing, Craig has created something that can't be used in those few instances where someone with an understanding of design might consider actually using the Microsoft-produced typeface.

Craig says Comic Neue "aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy.

"The squashed, wonky, and weird glyphs of Comic Sans have been beaten into shape while maintaining the honesty that made Comic Sans so popular."

However, its those "wonky and weird glyphs" that make Comic Sans more easily readable to people with dyslexia and children learning letter forms – at least as far as anecdotal evidence and popular wisdom tells me, I've yet to see any peer-reviewed evidence on the matter.

Without them, Comic Neue is just an mildly inoffensive font with no real purpose.

Comments

Neutral Grey (Jonathon) said: Could you have written a bigger crock of shit?

Mario Luevanos said: I don't think it'll catch on, unless it's included in Windows OS's.

El Pajarito Que Bebe said: Someone jealous?

Austin R Kowitz said: "at least as far as anecdotal evidence and popular wisdom tells me, I've yet to see any peer-reviewed evidence on the matter."Pretty much kills your argument outright. Why are you defending comic sans? how did you even get this job?"can't be used in those few instances where someone with an understanding of design might consider actually using the Microsoft-produced typeface."um, that would never happen because it's horrible. This new font maintains the quirky nature of comic sans without being completely horrendous. If I were to say "hey I think i should use comic sans on this" I would A) kill myself - Or B) be like, wait.. I could just use this new amazing font that Australian dude who lives in Japan made!And it's not like comic sans is being literally replaced. IF you are a terrible person, it's still there for your choosing, so who even cares?

drabrud said: That's what you think.

Stephen Abbott said: Comic Sans is overused and has lost a lot of visual power and strength as a font due to that overuse and familiarity. To criticize this new, updated version (which does bring some of that newness and visual interest back into the type) seems unduly snarky.

Gordon Kennedy said: I don't think your argument makes much sense. It sounds like you're saying the only use-case for Comic Sans, and ergo Comic Neue, is to make text more readable for those with dyslexia and beginner readers. Comic Neue might be "worse" for this audience, but the blanket nature of your headline does not provide for the possibility that Neue may actually be better for those not seeking the anecdotal benefits of the "wonky and weird glyphs."I'd argue that typical users of Comic Sans are simply looking for a 'friendly' typeface, but are faced with limited choices in the default library which comes with their computer. It seems that Comic Neue would provide such users with a typeface they find to be friendly, which is also "mildly inoffensive" to those of us with more discerning typographical tastes. For those users, it's got to be an improvement on the current situation.