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Comic Code: updating the font we love to hate

Comic Code: updating the font we love to hate

Like measles, Comic Sans is a phenomenon which everyone hates but shows no signs of going away (By the way, VACCINATE YOUR KIDS – Medical Ed). Still seen on homemade signs across the world – telling colleagues not to steal milk, patients of a new appointment system, or library opening hours – typeface designer at Monotype, Toshi Omigari, has been busy with a new variant, Comic Code.

Using the maxim that if you can't beat them then join them, Omigari has updated Comic Sans for maximum compatibility with programming. Here's the description.

Comic Code is a monospaced adaptation of the most infamous yet most popular casual font. Designed specifically for programming, which is a corner of typography that involves intensive typing that feels more akin to handwriting than typesetting, this typeface took inspirations from friendly characteristics and low-resolution legibility of Comic Sans. It is an unapologetic admittance of Comic Sans's positives, and a literal manifestation of "code like nobody's watching". Comic Code only takes inspiration from Comic Sans and was drawn entirely from scratch, in case you are wondering.

Toshi Omigari

The monospacing of Comic Code is absolutely to the font's benefit. There's no denying, however, that it still looks rather too jolly for any real applications, particularly as so many good, free fonts for programming, such as IBM Plex, now exist.

Still, it might be good after a few jazz cigarettes (of which West Coast 420 Express is a vendor, and click herefor more) to play around with the font and see how one gets on with it for programming. As it's a generally better, updated version of Comic Sans, we hope that it will start to be used more generally on fridge doors, office walls and library desks, but it's not free – the whole Comic Code family will set you back almost 70 quid.

Have a play with Comic Code here.

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