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zotigapo814163dGreat. I would have used ittalic and bold if possible to underline.
an0th3rhuman112162dOk? What's wrong with comic sans?
Comic sans is bae 😛
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But really what's wrong with Comic Sans?
I shit you not, I recently saw a medical document completely written in Comic Sans.
Their excuse? "We're treating kids, it cheers them up."
Apparently, parents dig it to read about their kid's health problems in a fancy comic font. The more you know (I've never seen a kid read a 10 page medical report).
Nanos7829162dI like it, why, because it's easy to read and I don't have to think, what letter is that..
Now if someone could suggest a better font, that isn't going to be a right pain to load on the machine folk are using, I'd be interested to add it to my list of, good fonts to use.
But it must be readable, as in:
Letters not too near enough other.
You can tell which letter is which.
Neither too narrow so you have to peer to see the letters, or so wide that it blots out the background almost.
It's kinda hard to find that perfect font.
kitsune135162dI had my TA hand out lab report manual (15 pages) written in Comic Sans. And no, my instructor had nothing to do with that manual.
I'm in the second year of my bachelor's.
Sans-Serif: Quick to read, Professional, but Unpersonal.
Monospace: Allows clear recognition of all chars. Slower to read.
Serif: Quick to read on paper, more "personal". Slower on screen.
Go with a sans-serif font (with, perhaps, the exception of Impact, think FreeSans or Arial) - easy to read and in a sentence with context, you don't have to distinguish between things like I vs l because the context gives the word away anyway.
Otherwise, a monospace font (Courier New, Lucida Console) allows clearly recognizing those differences - that's why they're popular for terminals and IDEs.
A serif font CAN be easier on the eyes on paper - but it's a pain to read on screen, so avoid it on the web unless it's only a short text (1 liner). These are the fonts that you have the most issues with.
Fantasy fonts (Comic Sans, Lucida Handwriting) are okay in a context where they make sense, but they're equally slow to read.
620hun8933162dI don’t remember the technical term, but apparently fonts with those horizontal lines at the bottom of the letters are easier to read. So Comic Sans is actually not easily readable.
By the way, I’ve seen renowned academics presenting in Comic Sans, it was very conflicting.
@irene Interestingly, there IS an ongoing scientific controversy about that (the 1000 char limit stopped me from mentioning that).
The Merriam Webster writers manual said it's easier to read, but others say that it reduces reading comprehension.
Serif is old - as old as the Latin alphabet, it was used in ancient Rome. That's probably where it's seen so frequently. Probably, it's by habit that some people can read them quicker.
react-guy759162d@irene Comic Sans does not follow basic typography rules. For example, the horizontal line in "e" is not horizontal. It makes it harder to read (though I didn't know it was dyslexic-proof).
Also, as it is a "default" typeface for most non-designer, it feels cheap.
But as most article says about it, it's more about context than anything else. Comic Sans is useful in some cases.
react-guy759162d@irene Well I'm not a designer, but I'd say that we're not using the same definition of 'easy'.
The typographic rules mentioned above make a text easier to read (i.e. you read it faster), but can be confusing for a dyslexic person.
A dyslexic-proof typography does not follow all those rules, making similar letters easier to differentiate, but this reduce your reading speed.
Take a look at OpenDyslexic. It follows more rules that Comic Sans, but is still dyslexic-proof.
@irene Typography is used to give a publication or letter a certain touch or appearance.
Most people associate serif fonts like Times with fiction or entertainment-related books - novels and the like. Not meant to be read quickly but to be enjoyed.
Sans-Serif (like Arial) makes something appear more business-like. Serious, informational, easily skimmable. For example, download an investor-information sheet from, say, Lyxor or Comstage. That's sans-serif.
Comic Sans makes things appear childish and immature. You can use that in, say, a comic, but imagine you bank statement journal in it - bad, right?
Cursive fonts (Lucida Handwriting) makes things appear more personal. Marketers love to use that, even though most people immediately realize it's "only" printed.
Monospace can be used to make things look old-fashioned, technical or scientific depending on the font. Its immediate use was to have all characters have the same width and a distinctive look.
Root50190161dI sometimes use comic sans intentionally to annoy techy people.
It works every single time. 😁
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