John Dowd—the lawyer for two associates of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani—claimed in a letter to the House Intelligence Committee counsel that the committee was harassing his clients in its request for documents relating to the President's pressure on Ukrainian officials to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Efforts from Trump's camp to avoid accountability are hardly unusual at this point.
Dowd's font choice, however, was.
Dowd chose a font that's a staple in kindergarten classrooms and sleepaway camps, but that's become a pariah to many:
Here’s the letter John Dowd sent to House Intelligence Committee claiming they are harassing his clients with their… https://t.co/e7Myl2hBIC— Katherine Faulders (@Katherine Faulders)1570478227.0
The font has long been decried as unprofessional.
There was even a campaign to ban it, with founder Holly Combs saying:
"Using Comic Sans is like turning up to a black-tie event in a clown costume."
The "Ban Comic Sans" group had a change of heart later, saying that the hate had all been "in good fun."
Many designers still haven't warmed up to the font, and the memo from John Dowd reminded them why.
@KFaulders COMIC SANS OH MY GOD THESE PEOPLE ARE MONSTERS— shoot me into the sun (@shoot me into the sun)1570479621.0
@KFaulders Why would any decent lawyer use Comic Sans for a serious letter? Because his clients are a joke?— Jade Jurek (@Jade Jurek)1570485445.0
@KFaulders lol just write it in crayon— Brendel (@Brendel)1570480098.0
As silly as it looks to designers, many of the 15% of Americans with Dyslexia assure that the font serves an important purpose.
Oooooo, Comic Sans is trending (for the most bizarre reason ever)? Your reminder that Comic Sans is actually one of… https://t.co/HCUdf655dJ— Char 🦖✨🏳️🌈 (@Char 🦖✨🏳️🌈)1570497280.0
I understand that a lawyer using comic sans may look unprofessional, and he could at east convert the font after wr… https://t.co/P3cDZN1SEA— Tara Haelle (@Tara Haelle)1570492005.0
(ftr: comic sans IS a font that's actually very good for accessibility for readers with dyslexia, etc, BUT I highly… https://t.co/qMUrW9h9x6— Mx. Dianna E. Anderson (@Mx. Dianna E. Anderson)1570502690.0
While the focal point of the letter became about its font choice for many, what's more ridiculous is the continued bulwark of Trump and his associates against the most basic demands for accountability.
The book Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students is available here to help you make the right font choices.
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