Someone has redesigned Comic Sans

The world's most hated font has been revamped. And do you know what? It's kind of good...

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 08 Apr 2014

Poor Comic Sans: despite the fact that (as legend has it), dyslexic children find it easier to read than any other font, it's become the punchbag of the computer age.

There's been everything from a campaign to get it banned to the Comic Sans Project, a Tumblr mocking up logos in Comic Sans (Paramount, in particular, looks ludicrous). When CERN used it on a series of slides explaining Higgs boson findings in July 2012, it wasn't just mocked - it was torn apart. Even the font's designer, Vincent Connare, has washed his hands of it, pointing out that it was only designed to be used on kids' software package Microsoft Bob.

Now one designer has taken the brave step of redesigning Comic Sans for a more design-conscious era: the new version is called 'Comic Neue'.

'Comic Neue aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy,' says Craig Rozynski, the font's designer.

'The squashed, wonky, and weird glyphs of Comic Sans have been beaten into shape while maintaining the honesty that made Comic Sans so popular.

'It's perfect as a display face, for marking up comments, and writing passive aggressive office memos,' he finishes.

The font comes in two variants: Comic Neue and Comic Neue Angular, 'which features angular terminals rather than round':

Like it? You can download both versions of Comic Neue on its website. We'll leave the last word, though, to the Godfather of Comic Sans himself:

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