A packed house at the Silver Theater Sunday night for the final Silverdocs screening of Helvetica, the feature documentary about a typeface that seemingly brought out every graphic designer in town, some with laptops in tow. Director Gary Hustwit (pictured) was on hand for a Q&A afterward and jokingly challenged the audience to come up with a shot-by-shot remake of his film “starring” the font Comic Sans.
Comic Sans is a much-despised font among the design cognoscenti, and rightly so, as it is but a cheap Windows knockoff of the more elegantly amusing Dom Casual. Dom, seen most effectively in comic books and cheesy advertisements (picture this headline in Dom: “Hey, kids!”), is actually older than Helvetica, having been created in 1951 by the eponymous Pete Dom, about whom Google knows nothing. I’m therefore announcing that production begins immediately on my documentary celebrating this delightfully outdated font. Who’s with me?