• Higgs Boson Discovery Announced in Comic Sans
  • Posted 36 months ago by Jack Lowe · Art & Design · 13472 Views
  • Much to the annoyance of graphic designers worldwide, the discovery of the Higgs boson particle - one of the most important scientific discoveries of the past decade - was announced using one of the most hated type-faces - Comic Sans.

    As scientists celebrated, type designers expressed deep disappointment, rallying against the scientists who made such an important announcement in such a terrible font and saying that it was the "typographic equivalent of showing up to a board of directors meeting in flip-flops."

    Many suspect that the font choice was made in order to make it easier for the "average human" to connect to the presentation and show and interest in what was being said - taking grandeur and snobbery away from the whole event. On many computers Comic Sans is the font most similar to the type you find in superhero comics, so it has also been said that the scientists at CERN might have used it to convey the sense of superhuman feat being achieved.

    What do you think? Should they have been more formal for such an important announcement?

    • I think it was to make the whole thing feel less formal, but something like that really should be a formal event. Not everything has to be relaxed.
    • Tom Posted 36 months ago · 53 Reply
    • There are no excuses for bad font usage...
    • Clare Posted 36 months ago · 61 Reply
    • tbh she did the same thing last year. same format, same font. she never learns. big up ATLAS~
    • smakt Posted 36 months ago · 50 Reply
    • Could have been Papyrus.
    • Rob Posted 36 months ago · 38 Reply
    • pointless article ...seriously
    • sofia Posted 36 months ago · 31 Reply
    • yeah very pointless, come on
    • nick Posted 36 months ago · 60
    • 149 facebook likes and 2k views...
    • Yanik Posted 35 months ago · 47 Reply
    • I think i need to nerd this article up a bit so here goes. They didnt chose a font they chose a typeface, a font is what creates typefaces on a computer. A bit like, they didnt use a jpeg, they used a photo.
    • ben Posted 36 months ago · 50
    • *choose
    • * Posted 35 months ago · 64 Reply
    • article next week...."Hot fork in eye really hurts"
    • ian Posted 35 months ago · 59 Reply
    • What a waste of time, energy, and resources. If the scientific community can't get past the damn font style, then they don't belong there.
    • Aaron Posted 35 months ago · 48 Reply
    • Made you write about it.. bore off now.
    • Huge Boson Posted 35 months ago · 47 Reply
    • As a fellow designer may I be the first to say stfu you snobs. http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/im-comic-sans-asshole
    • Rob Ray Posted 35 months ago · 55
    • ha! (the font is still shit)
    • T Posted 35 months ago · 59 Reply
    • Sorry McLuhan fans, the medium is not the message in this case. In other news, douche bag designers find new way to be even douchier than before.
    • Sod off Posted 35 months ago · 35 Reply