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The Reason Why The Much-Hated Comic Sans Is A Public Good
By Dorothy Tan, 08 Mar 2017
If you are among the large group of designers and typography enthusiasts who hate Comic Sans with a vengeance, you may not like to hear that it is actually doing quite a bit of good in the world.
Despite its reputation as a piece of design garbage, it turns out that this detested typeface is one of the best for dyslexic people to read in.
In a piece that she wrote for The Establishment, Lauren Hudgins argues that while hating Comic Sans may be cool, it is also “ableist”—she quoted the example of how the typeface helped her dyslexic sister earn a degree in marine biology.
It is the irregularities of Comic Sans’ letters that make them so readable for people with dyslexia—unlike other typefaces that use repeated shapes across the alphabet, its letters are relatively distinct from one another.
Read more about why Comic Sans is a public good here—knowing this, do you still want Comic Sans to be snuffed out of existence?
[via NY Mag]
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