Higgs boson researchers mocked for using Comic Sans font

You’d think one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 21st century wouldn’t have to compete with a much-maligned font for attention. Higgs Boson particle? Meet Comic Sans.

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  1. If existence of the Higgs Boson particle is confirmed, it would make history as one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 21st century.

     

    Given its importance, you may think the so-called “God particle” wouldn’t have to share the limelight – but that it did, and with the much-maligned font Comic Sans, no less. 
  2. That’s right – not even the so-called “God particle” could keep the undivided attention of those with strong feelings about the cartoonish font.


    Comic Sans has a lot of baggage, as it turns out. The internet is littered with anti Comic Sans sentiments, warning people not to use the font if they want to be taken seriously. 

    "Like the tone of a spoken voice, the characteristics of a typeface convey meaning. The design of the typeface is, in itself, its voice. Often this voice speaks louder than the text itself," write the authors of bancomicsans.com.

    They go on to deride Comic Sans as being silly, childish and far too casual -- "analogous to showing up for a black tie event in a clown costume."

    In light of these qualms, several Twitter users couldn't help but poke fun at researchers over their choice of font. 

  3. There are those who are passionate about understanding the Higgs Boson particle, which is believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape.

    And, as it turns out, there are others who are passionate in the fight against Comic Sans. 

  4. Although the font clearly has its detractors, there is also a vocal (if cheeky) community that stands up for the font. 

    The popular comedy blog McSweeny’s posted a spirited rebuttal in the voice of Comic Sans itself.

     

    Although much of it is too explicit to quote here, the font retorts:

     

    “People love me. Why? Because I’m fun. I’m the life of the party. I bring levity to any situation. Need to soften the blow of a harsh message about restroom etiquette? SLAM. There I am. Need to spice up the directions to your graduation party? WHAM. There again. Need to convey your fun-loving, approachable nature on your business’ website? SMACK. Like daffodils in spring.” 
  5. There is even a short documentary about the font, as well as an upbeat music video dedicated to having people see Comic Sans in a new light. 
  6. Several of these Comic Sans supporters took to social media to fire back at those bashing the font. 
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