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comic sans as a headstone font.

Updated: Oct 30, 2018

It’s now been almost 10 years since I saw a headstone that used comic sans as its choice of font. Forever engraved into stone. I cannot remember the age of the person or what was written. I just cannot seem to stop overthinking why that was the font chosen. Was the person memorialized remembered for their humor, did they love comic books, or was it just a random choice of free fonts provided during a time of overwhelming grief?

It has been ingrained in me that comic sans is bad. As though, your career as a designer will forever be tarnished if you ever step foot in such font choice territory.

Equally, papyrus has been spoken of with such disdain. Some of my dearest friends hired me to redesign their business cards and have been using papyrus as their main font for their marketing materials. I obliged. Hesitated to share their work in my portfolio in fear of judgment. Really, it’s just a font though, right? And if it makes a family, or a real estate agent duo happy, isn’t that really what matters? Design judgment be damned.

As a side note, if you haven’t heard the episode McMansion Hell on the 99% Invisible podcast ( (I have no affiliation, just a fan), it’s specifically about judging design, and it’s hilarious. I am not perfect, nor will I be regularly incorporating comic sans or papyrus into designs.

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