No doubt you’ve heard that Comic Sans, a font that’s been with us for 25 years, is to be despised. I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration. True, it is very informal, even childlike, but it was meant to be. It was designed to be used in the speech bubbles of cartoons. And for that purpose, it serves quite well. Perhaps we should not despise the font itself but rather, its use or misuse by those who don’t know any better.
An excellent example of misuse is this letter from Attorney John Dowd (Trump’s former lawyer) stating that Rudy Giuliani’s associates would not be appearing before the House Select Committee on Intelligence:
As you can see, it’s printed in Comic Sans. Looks like ol’ Lev and Igor picked themselves a top-notch attorney. Even if we were gracious enough to assume Dowd’s
secretary administrative assistant selected the font and printed the letter, it still bears his signature. It was obviously in front of him at least for a moment. Or perhaps not. I suppose it could be an electronic signature appended by said assistant.
Nevertheless, it sort of typifies the Trump administration, doesn’t it? Lots of money and power, but absolutely no taste or understanding of cultural norms.
Mama always said you can’t buy class.