My answer to Comic Sans

evertype's picture

Well, sort of.

Years ago I made a font called Allatuq when I was doing some work with the Baffin Divisional Board of Education in what is now Nunavut (but was still Northwest Territories then). The font contained The basic Latin ASCII characters and what Inuktitut characters we could fit into an 8-bit "MacInuit" character set we developed.

The font was to look hand-drawn, as though by a child—so it hasn't not really got anything to do with Comic Sans, which was designed to imitate comic book lettering. In fact, even though Comic Sans came out in 1994, and I made Allatuq in 1997 (the 1.0 release was Patrick's Day 1998), I doubt if I'd even heard of Comic Sans when I was designing Allatuq. Here's a sample of the 1.0 Syllabics glyphs.

When the opportunity came to revise the font for the Kativik School Board in Québec, I decided it would be best to re-draw everything from scratch. And... well, being me, I decided to add support for more characters. First I added support for a fairly large set of Latin characters, including the IPA block, gods know why. Then I decided I'd better add support for the entire set of Canadian Syllabics, and then it occurred to me that Greek would be fun, and Cyrillic, and Hebrew. I guess I'm doomed. It'll have to be Cherokee and Georgian next...

Before I release the font, however, I thought it would be nice to try to get some feedback on it. So without more apology, here is a three-page PDF with some samples. Critique?

evertype's picture

Heh. First feedback received on the Hebrew:

"Oof. What's there sticks out badly. I think you should use script letterforms. Or even print ones that look more hand-drawn; these don't to my eye. Even the text color is off; it's much lighter than the surrounding paragraphs. Script can look denser."

He's right. Back to the drawing board for the Hebrew.

Michael Everson
evertype.com

evertype's picture

That feedback was right... The new Hebrew looks much better with the rest of the text. There is a new three-page PDF document sample text here.

Michael Everson
evertype.com

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