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Comic Sans May Be A Helpful Typeface

The printed word cannot exist without a typeface, or a family of fonts. One typeface in particular has gained a reputation for being the most hated: Comic Sans. It was designed in 1994 by Vincent Connare, who created it for Melinda Gates after she requested a font for a cartoon Microsoft dog to "speak" in. And while Comic Sans is famous for being universally disliked, the British Dyslexia Association considers the typeface particularly helpful for children who have trouble reading because the typeface has distinct and clear lettering. A 2010 study found that students actually retained information better when it was typed in "disfluent" fonts, including Monotype Corsiva, Comic Sans Italicized, and Haettenshweiler, than the same material typed in Helvetica and Arial. Learn more about the importance of fonts and typeface below.

A Defense of Comic Sans

The font has become a universal punchline, but it has some important characteristics.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The British Dyslexia Association considers the typeface Comic Sans particularly helpful for children who have trouble reading. 02:25

  2. Comic Sans was created in 1994 by Vincent Connare, and was based off handwritten fonts in comic books. 04:13

  3. The uncanny valley sparks the creepy feeling that comes from things that look very close to human, but aren't quite right right. 06:26

Why Do Fonts Matter?

And what's the difference between font and typeface?

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Why Do All Memes Use That One Font?

It's called Impact, and it was invented in 1963.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Impact typeface was designed by Geoffrey Lee in 1963. 00:05

  2. This is the original advertisement for the Impact typeface: 00:33

  3. In 1996, Microsoft chose 11 "core fonts for the web." 01:02

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