A year ago today, an exhibition of posters based around one of the most hated fonts – Comic Sans – captured our imagination and raised thousands of pounds for Cancer Research.
Sadly, one of the designers whose work featured in the exhibition, Craig Salter, lost his own battle with cancer on June 3 this year. To celebrate his life – and to show that what started last year will go on as long as cancer takes loved ones away – his friends and Comic Sans for Cancer organisers have re-released his poster (shown here). You can buy Craig's poster here, and donate to Comic Sans for Cancer directly.
Read on for tributes to Craig from his friends and colleagues – and to see more artwork from Comic Sans for Cancer.
"Craig was the quintessential chirpy northerner – down to earth and absolutely full of humour," says Jamie Long. "It was astonishing the amount of knowledge he had for all aspects of design, the music industry and every football match he’d ever watched. He soaked everything up. Along with his talent, drive and enthusiasm it meant Craig was a true asset to the design industry.
"The manner that he dealt with his illness was so admirable, never once complaining about what he was going through. He loved everything about living in London and stayed as long as possible until it was time be back with his family. An absolute gentleman until the very end, and a true friend that will be sorely missed."
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Kiosk
Craig's friend Alex Cowper describes Craig as "a true gentleman with a heart of gold and a very talented, respected designer. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him.
The way he fought and lived with cancer of the past 3 years was admirable and inspirational, his positivity and lust for life never faded, even during some of the most difficult times he kept that light shining and continued working and living the life he loved so profoundly.
The week before Craig died he had been talking with his family about the Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition and showing them the poster he had designed, it was something he was very proud to have been involved with.
The world is certainly a poorer place without Craig in it and all our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this time."
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Dan Bull
"If there’s one thing I’ll remember Craig for, it was that he never failed to bring a beaming smile and a ton of laughter to any get together," says Blair Thomson, creative director at Believe In and the designer behind the poster shown here. "Which is both ironic and amazing when you consider that he’d been dealing with some pretty serious shit in his life over the passed few years.
"Always upbeat, dapper and proud of his Yorkshire roots. An aficionado on mid-century design and music (the man had good taste), his zest for life segues into his career as a designer, never afraid of any creative challenge or opportunity which came his way. Dignified to the end, we’re all honoured to have known you sir."
Comic Sans for Cancer Organiser Chris Flack – a London-based, New Zealand-born graphic designer for TVC – asked creatives to design an A2 poster based on the font. He received entries from 34 countries, with Renee Quigley and Jenny Theolin helping curate the exhibition. Jenny also brought together the tributes to Craig for this piece.
Creatives taking part include the designer of Comic Sans Vincent Connare, his nemesis Ban Comic Sans, Bibliothèque, Build, Bunch Design, Oli Frape, Believe In, Hey Studio, Purpose, Spin, Sawdust, The Partners and Kiosk.
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Build
"We all know people that have been effected by cancer and wanted a fun and quirky way to raise awareness and money for Cancer Research," Chris told us. "I've personally had close friends and family effected by it. We wanted to something that was fun and inspiring and celebrate the 20th year of Comic Sans in style.
"Everyone loves to hate Comic Sans – so why not take the font the everyone loves to hate and put it to good use? As a designer I despise Comic Sans and that's the fun of it."
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Bunch Design
The exhibition took place at the The Proud Archivist in East London.
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Vincent Connare (creator of Comic Sans)
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Dan Hinde
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Danny Greaves
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Grotesk Studio
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Jens Windolf
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Kids with Puns
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Laura Darby
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Marisa De Senanachif
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Matt C Stokes
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by MultiAdaptor and Neil Edwards
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Nick Lovegrove
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Oli Frape
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Sean Rees
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by Spin
Right: Comic Sans for Cancer poster by This Studio