David Airey is an independent graphic designer working with companies of all sizes since 2005.

Comic Sans for Cancer

Comic Sans for Cancer is an upcoming exhibition of posters inspired by the 20th anniversary of Comic Sans. Curated by Chris Flack, Renee Quigley, and Jenny Theolin, all proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

The exhibition will be held in London this July, with the typeface’s creator Vincent Connare among the contributors.

I submitted this one, based on Interbrand’s work for Cancer Research UK.

Comic Sans for Cancer

People close to me died at a young age because of cancer. As cheesy as it might sound, it helped me deal with the loss by remembering the beauty that came before the pain — the times and the laughs we shared along the way.

I don’t think the pain will ever go. But neither will the beauty.

Comic Sans makes some people feel a different kind of pain, obviously restricted to designers, and obviously with a bit of humour. Sticking up for Vincent, when he created Comic Sans in 1995 it was definitely more fit for purpose than Times New Roman.

For info on how to submit your own poster visit the Comic Sans for Cancer website.

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4 appreciated comments about “Comic Sans for Cancer”

  1. A very interesting concept to use comic sans for a cause. I may submit a poster design.

  2. my professors would have a problem with comic sans use.

    they literally hate that font with a passion.

  3. My sympathies for your loss! The irony of using Comic Sans in this matter is excellent and definitely brightened up my afternoon. Just curious: What are your thoughts on Comic Neue? (http://comicneue.com/)

  4. Your professors are easily riled, Ronald.

    Hi Ashley, that was a three-year side project. Three years. I’m not sure that I’d use it, in the same way that this was the first time I’ve used Comic Sans since, I can’t remember. Some huge press for Craig, though. Fair play to him.

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