Vincent Conare is author to one of the worlds most used fonts, comic sans. Love it or hate it comic sans can be seen on places as unlikely as the vatican publications to announcements from N.A.S.A. scientists.
Interestingly the man who created a font with such a casual style was also the author of the font Trebuchet. Essentially a longer version of Helvetica, Trebuchet takes its inspiration from the conservative sans serifs of the 1930s.The font was named after a medieval catapult meaning to be the vehicle that fires your messages across the Internet. Launch your message with a Trebuchet pageIts purpose; to develop a font that brings the readability of Helvetica to the modern computer age.
Trebuchet was developed in 1996 just a year after Conare built the contentious font comic sans. Comic sans is heralded as the most loved font of the modern era. It is easy to see why it has such universal appeal. With its rounded corners and hand written aesthetic the font is unique when set against other handwriting fonts.
The background story to comic sans is that it was developed in just three days to solve a problem in a comic software package designed for young readers. The system font was set in Times New Roman and looked wrong in the context. Conares inspiration came from a comic book. It was only latter when it was packaged with Microsoft word the criticism began.
Why do people ‘hate’ comic sans? One of the arguments against comic sans is its readability. This alone is an interesting example of how font choice has measurable outcomes. Research proves the contexts in which fonts are being used are vital to the communication process, often imperceptible to the eye. It is the context in which it is being used that is the problem.
American born, Conare attended New York Institute of Technology where he majored in fine art and photography. He latter studied type design at Redding University. He works in a London based design agency Dalton Maag. That is when he is not busy defending comic sans.