never thought I’d see the day…. but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Recently while searching Smashwords (the site where my own ebook is published) for something good to read, I came upon a story that caught my eye, I opened it in a new tab (so as not to lose my place in the search in case I didn’t end up liking it) and saw the cover in full view. There, right in the middle of the cover was the dreaded COMIC SANS!!! (*insert horror movie scream*). Overly dramatic you say?
I’m a font snob through and through and like any graphic designer there are just certain fonts you should never ever be allowed to use. Comic sans happens to be one of them.
I think what made this even more entertaining was that the book wasn’t exactly a child friendly book either (which if you look at Comic Sans that’s sort of the vibe you get). The book was erotica, which is just a fancy author term for literary porn. So… what in gods name possessed the author to use Comic Sans? Even assuming you were writing a children’s book there are still better fonts to choose from.
Of course… it’s not just self published authors that aren’t graphic designers that are to blame. Let’s be clear… Tyra used Papyrus for her TyraMail font on ANTM for a time. To that I can only say, unless TyraMail is the new name for the Mummy movies. Don’t. Just… don’t.
In closing the fonts you should never ever ever use ever, are the following:
I’m sure there are some others, but I can’t think of them.