Comic Sans for Cancer Poster Exhibition

By Chris Dickman
Founding Editor, Graphics.com

While I'm sure we're all agreed that eradicating cancer is a worthwhile objective, there are those within the graphic design community almost as convinced that the Comic Sans font should be struck from the menus of all our applications. You may recall that the font was designed back in 1994 by Vincent Connare and has been included with Microsoft Windows since the introduction of Windows 95. Created to be used in informal documents, its fate was to become wildly popular for use in just about anything, thereby incurring the wrath of graphic design professionals.

Designers Chris Flack, Renee Quigley and Jenny Theolin have chosen to capitalize on this typographic notoriety by curating a poster exhibition that leverages this twentieth anniversary year of Comic Sans by asking designers (including Vincent Connare and the folks behind the Ban Comic Sans site) what the notorious font means to them: "Do they love it or hate it? What would the world be like without the font we all love to hate?" The response takes the form of a curated collection of 200 posters, submitted from 34 countries, which will be on display at The Proud Archivist gallery in London, England, from August 20–24, 2014. A nice twist is that all the posters on display will be available for purchase, with the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. We've included a sampling below.