Vincent Connaire invented the most hated typeface of modern times: Comic Sans
Mr Connaire invented the font for Microsoft in 1994, basing it on lettering in DC Comics graphic novels Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns.
He decided that it was more suitable for a Microsoft program called Microsoft Bob, which was designed to make computers child friendly, but which was using Times New Roman as a font at the time.
The typographer said he couldn't believe how upset people around the globe got over the typeface – with a group called Ban Comic Sans, which says the font is "silly" and is like "showing up for a black tie event in a clown costume", even set up.
I was breaking the typography rules
Mr Connaire said: "One program was called Microsoft Bob, which was designed to make computers more accessible to children.
"I booted it up and out walked this cartoon dog, talking with a speech bubble in Times New Roman. Dogs don't talk in Times New Roman! It made no sense.
"So I had an idea to make a comic style text and started looking at Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns, graphic novels where the hand lettering was like a typeface.
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Mr Connaire created the font to mimic the style used in comic books
"I didn't have to make straight lines, I didn't have to make things look right, and that's what I found fun. I was breaking the typography rules."
He said that office admin workers started using Comic Sans in emails, adding: "Our office administrators started using Comic Sans a lot in emails – mostly young women whose job was to make everything fun.