Have you ever heard of “comic Sans”?
If you answered yes, chances are you fall into one of two very distinct camps:
“Yes! I love it! I use it all the time when I’m trying to be creative!” you might eagerly exclaim. Either that or you cringed at the very mention of the font. (Neither…? Well let’s see if we can change your mind.)
Back in the day, when our inner Picasso was limited to Microsoft office’s limited array of standard fonts, the likes of comic sans were all the range. If you REALLY wanted to go mad, you had Jokerman which left no curl undotted and no line unswirled. If you wanted to be smart, there was always good old trusted Arial.
Fortunately, times have changed and we don’t have to be subjected to these eye-sores. The internet is fulled with mind-boggling resources for budding designers, many of which don’t cost a dime. Many businesses are yet to catch up with these new resources, and are still trapped with comic sans. But fear not, over the next few weeks, I am going to be sharing numerous places where you can get not only beautiful fonts that you can use in your branding, but design inspiration to get your imagination fired up.
Ever Heard of behance? This amazing platform allows artists, designers and all sorts of other digital creatives to showcase their work. And the stuff here is GOOD. Best of all, you can find a wealth of creative resources offered at no cost, often when artists are promoting their work. (Expert tip: If you’re looking for a professional graphic designer, for example, this would be a GREAT place to start looking!)
They also have fonts. Many many many free and beautiful fonts, all beautifully presented so that you can get a full appreciation of the what each front set has on offer and how it can be used.
So drop the comic sans, and pick up something that screams you, and demands your customers take notice of what you’re saying because what you’ll have to say will look oh so pretty.
Here is an example of one of my free font searches. Take a look. I promise you won’t be disappointed (OK, I’m pretty sure… unless you’re still a comic sans lover… there might be no hope for you then 😉