Category Archives: Typography

Comic Sans and the sense of humour by-pass

The gallons of vitriol that have been poured over poor old Comic Sans in recent years by a lengthening queue of indignant graphic designers is really not fair. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH IT, it’s simply that, since Microsoft issued it 20 years ago, it’s been misused by 857,972,604* ordinary people who don’t know no better, bless them.

And it’s not like Comic Sans is the only poorly applied font in history; I mean, if some stylish young stud decides to use Blackletter for the number plates on his car, you don’t blame the font, you just laugh at the lunacy of using such an illegible type style and wait for Old Bill to feel his collar.

But I digress. Full marks to McSweeny’s, that very fine vendor of interesting books and affiliated merchandise, for producing this lovely mug. Just the thing for the graphic designer in your life.


You know Christmas is coming and all, and you can find out all about it here:

It always pays to check.


When I saw these, I was convinced I was looking at a monumental and hilarious typo. I mean, everyone knows that it’s spelt doilies, right?


Wikipedia reckons that Swantex are not in error, and that this is only one of several possible spellings. Ah well, even the smartest smartarse has to be wrong sometimes.

On the subject of checking though… found this in a store in Maine recently.


And, we’re back in the room.

It’s true what they say about the cobbler’s children; we really have been so busy, we haven’t blogged for ages or updated the website (on the upside, we have lots of new work we can put up – when we have a minute).

Anyway, we decided to start from scratch and pretend we’ve never blogged before.

First up in the ‘stuff we really like’ department is this great poster from Rarely has the prospect of camping seemed so glamorous and attractive. Love it.