In font club, comic sans is no laughing matter
February 8, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Random Pendragon
Font Club is new to McNary this year, and they’ve already got big plans.
According to Paul Shuirman, a math teacher at McNary, the club was born out of a joke. “[Jonas Honeyman] asked why I’d used two different fonts in a slide, and even named them off,” Shuirman recounted. “So I was bluffing about starting a club… Jonas and David immediately jumped onto it.”
Brooklyn Flint, President of the Font Club, had little interest in fonts prior to joining the club. She joined on a whim out of a desire to try something new.
Flint also attends Write Club on Thursdays, and sees both clubs as a way to enrich her goals in becoming a writer. She is looking forward to exploring the visual aspect that writing relies on.
David Beal, proclaimed Chancellor of the Font Club, comes from a background in calligraphy. He views it as a sort of “handwritten version of fonts,” and is toying with the idea of holding calligraphy lessons.
While they enjoying blurring the lines between irony and seriousness, their opinion of Comic Sans is crystal clear: “it has no use anywhere except, y’know, comics,” Beal asserted. “Even then, Comic Serif is a better option.” They’ve launched a “crusade” upon the font in hopes to completely destroy it. “It’s offensive to the eye,” Beal added. While you likely won’t see them marching with helmets and chainmail, they will be arming themselves with the likes of Times New Roman and Courier New to spread good typographic principles across the school.
While their first few meetings has been devoted to fleshing out the club’s goals and plans for the future, Shuirman says you can expect to see them in action soon. A cornerstone of the club will be debates, where a certain font will be presented and club members will discuss its merit. “We’ll also discuss when to use fonts, how to use fonts, and how to blend them well so that it doesn’t look cheesy,” Beal said.
The club isn’t all about crusading and debating, however. They’ve planned to sell club T-shirts by the end of the year to raise funds for the Salem Health Foundation. “We chose them because it’s nearby,” Flint said. “We’re a community, we’re supposed to stick together and help each other. Beal added: “Everyone donates to those big charities, but our local hospital deserves a bit of attention.”
“We’re starting a revolution,” Shuirman said. “To change the world through fonts.”