He Made The World’s Most-Hated Font

Vincent Connare (pictured) is in many ways the ideal keynote speaker for the fourth annual Boring Conference: his talk is about “the world’s favorite font.” As a topic it sounds deadly dull, but it isn’t. That’s because Connare is the inventor of Comic Sans, a typeface that is arguably both the most popular and the most reviled on the planet. Before it came along, most people barely registered type. But everyone recognizes Comic Sans, especially on those occasions when its deployment is inappropriate. Despite the campaign waged against it by the website Ban Comic Sans, the jokey comic book font still turns up on tombstones and mortuary invoices. Connare, however, didn’t invent it so that people could make jaunty “Employees Must Wash Hands” signs.

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