Comic Sans Day is celebrated on the first Friday of July every year. This year it is celebrated on July 7th. This day is celebrated across the world to laugh about and appreciate this overused and universally hated font. It was started to laugh about the notoriety of Comic Sans, which is a font released by Microsoft Windows and popularized because it is easy to read. Schools used the font excessively, as did everyone else. Soon after it was released people believed it was overused and used in inappropriate spaces, and the font became entrenched in popular culture as the font was mocked.
Timeline of Events:
- 1994: Connare Invents Comic Sans
Vincent Connare, a typeface designer, develops Comic Sans to support the MS Office Assistant Bob.
- 1999: Designers Suggest Banning Comic Sans
Fed up with the overuse of the font, designers Dave and Holly Combs start a campaign to ban Comic Sans.
- 2009: Dutch D.J.s Start Comic Sans Day
In a nod to the typeface, Dutch D.J.s decide to celebrate the much-maligned font by designating the first Friday of July Comic Sans Day.
- 2011: Comic Sans Pro is Developed
An improved and expanded version of Comic Sans called Comic Sans Pro is developed by Monotype Imaging.
5 Fun Facts:
- It’s helpful for dyslexic readers.
People with dyslexia find Comic Sans an easy font to read, which helps with their disability.
- The font has the largest anti-font petition.
No other font has inspired as many dislikes as Comic Sans, with thousands of people petitioning to ban it.
- The creator has only used it once.
Typeface designer Connare has only used Comic Sans once in his life.
- People don’t believe Comic Sans
There’s a slightly higher chance that people won’t believe something if it’s styled in Comic Sans.
- It makes it hard to retain information.
Comic Sans is too easy to read, which makes it harder for people to remember what they’ve read.