Avoid the Comic Sans Font

September 23, 2015

One of the subtlest ways to sabotage your business card is to use the Comic Sans font.

This is an example of the Comic Sans font.

Business Card Using Comic Sans font

Example of business card using Comic Sans font

This font was created by a Microsoft employee in 1994 for use in a children’s computer program. Oddly enough, the use of Times Roman for that comic software package motivated him to design this font. There was no expectation of using Comic Sans for anything else.

However, it was included in Windows 95 software and caught on, according to its creator, because it was fun, uncomplicated and not at all like a newspaper font.

Regrettably, like a non-native species with no natural enemies, the use of Comic Sans has spread well beyond its intended market. It has been spotted on government notices, medical paperwork, corporate communications and more.

While its widespread appeal is due to its frivolous and carefree spirit, it has no place on a business card unless you want to reach children.

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Business Card Using Comic Sans font

Example of business card using Comic Sans font