The trial of Comic Sans: The font everyone loves to hate
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WARNING: This episode contains swearing, suggestive language, and references that some listeners may prefer to avoid.

How does a simple font elicit such strong emotions? Is Comic Sans the villain we've made it out to be, or is it just misunderstood and misused?

Listen in as Comic Sans stands trial for crimes against typeface, obstruction of font protocol and indecent exposure on documents both printed and digital.

While the kangaroo court is in session, join host Kyla Sims and graphic designer Craig Rozynski, the creator of comics sans’ cool uncle, Comic Neue. He shares his insights as to why he felt the goofiest of fonts needed a redesign. We also hear from Dr. Dawn Shaikh, a human factors psychologist who wrote her doctoral thesis on the Personality of Cleartype Fonts.

She digs deep into her research to provide a glimpse into where Comic Sans came from, what it was meant for (trust us, it isn’t your résumé) and what all the negative connotations say about the biases that shape our communication norms.

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