If not Comic Sans, then what?

The running joke amongst the designer community is clients asking for Comic Sans in their work. Cringes and bleeding eyes aside, we kind of get why people lean towards it – it’s a bit different from the usual, stiff system-safe fonts like Arial and Tahoma. Some even go as far as to say it’s got a “human touch” due to its handwritten aesthetic. Now we’re not for discrimination, but this kind of human you do not want to be.

Here are a handful of alternatives if you’re looking for that amiable vibe in your layouts (note: these are display-font ideas (for headings) mainly. For body-copy fonts and long paragraphs of text, check out this blog post instead):

1// Aqum 
If you're looking for an all-caps typeface that's got its edges sanded off.



2// Holiday
For that “scribbled with a marker” look. 



3// Greyfox
The dry-brush look for that 90s grunge. 



4// Malin Kundang
If the Simpsons’ font and Malin had a baby. 



5// Fofer
If you want something scripty but playful. 



PS: Remember to check out the Terms Of Use on any font you download and install. Most are free for personal use - however, if you’re using it for your business, there’s typically a small fee for commercial use. Support creatives - we got bills to pay too :)


Written by Katie Che on 12.5.2020