Monday, April 2, 2012

Typography

I favorite font of mine would have to be the font comic sans. This font is a casual script typeface modeled on fonts used in American comic books for several decades. Sans is short for sans-serif. The modern Comic Sans was designed by Vincent Connare and released in 1994 by Microsoft Corporation. He began work on Comic Sans in October 1994. Connare had already created a number of child-oriented fonts for various applications, so when he saw a beta version of Microsoft Bob that used Times New Roman in the word balloons of cartoon characters, he decided to create a new face based on the lettering style of comic books he had in his office, specifically The Dark Knight Returns  and Watchmen. He completed the face too late for inclusion in MS Bob, but the programmers of Microsoft 3D Movie Maker, which also used cartoon guides and speech bubbles, began to use it. The typeface later shipped with the Windows 95 Plus! Pack. It then became a standard font for the OEM version of Windows 95. Finally, the font became one of the default fonts for Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The font is also used in Microsoft Comic Chat, which was released in 1996 with Internet Explorer 3.0.

This font is one of my favorites because I like how it is not such a straight crisp font but utilizes curves. It almost looks like it could be someone’s handwriting which I really like. Whenever I don’t have to write a document for school I use this font because the style of it really appeals to me and it is really easy to read. I like it for casual documents because it sets the tone for the writing before I have to say anything. It is a refreshing break from the strict fonts we are only allowed to use for school documents like Times New Roman which sometimes is too straight and professional. This cannot always be used for other documents because it would set the wrong tone. I have always liked coms sans loose, relaxed look and can be viewed throughout this document because it is actually all written in comic sans.

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