Comic Sans for Cancer is a new exhibition of 200 posters inspired by the 20th anniversary of Comic Sans – the font that we all love to hate! Better still, these posters are now available to purchase at the exhibition – with all the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.
Can Comic Sans, the hideous monster of quirky typefaces, actually have a positive effect on society at large? That’s the dream of a bunch of graphic designers and artists, from over 30 countries around the world, who’ve created a collection of posters that represent what Comic Sans means to them.
The results of their endeavours are both diverse and intriguing, and challenge how we look at this divisive, love it or hate it, font.
Curated by Chris Flack, Renee Quigley and Soapbox & Sons, the Comic Sans for Cancer posters are currently being exhibited at The Proud Archivist in London from today until Sunday (20th to 24th August 2014). Admission is free.
Here’s a quick taster of the Comic Sans posters on display…
Founded in 1996, Exeter-based Believe In design for brands, printed and digital communications, packaging and environments. Their work for clients includes Clive’s – Gluten Free Pie packaging and branding design for the Redbush Tea Company.
Hamburg-based independent graphic designer Jens Windolf has clowned around with his Comic Sans for Cancer poster.
We love Marisa’s breast friend poster design for the exhibition, but none of us at Solopress HQ could track this elusive artist down on Google or elsewhere on the Interweb when we originally wrote this blog. Fortunately, Marisa saw our article and sent us a very nice message and Tweet! Please scroll down this page to the ‘Leave a Reply’ box below to see Marisa’s reply. You can also post your own messages and comments about these posters and designers there.
Oli Frape is a hand-letterer, typographer and illustrator based in London. His clients include British Heart Foundation, Tesco and The Guardian.
American Vincent Connare is the creator of the Comic Sans font. He’s worked on major typography projects for the likes of Agfa and Microsoft. Connare also designed the iconic Ministry of Sound logo.