Brands from a parallel Comic-Sans dimension

What if we lived in a world where the only available typeface was Comic-Sans? That’s the idea, or at least must have been what the Russian Belgorod-based designer Oleg Tarasov was thinking when he decided to re-design some of the most well know brands of our time using the usually frowned upon Comic-Sans type.

Oleg posted his designs over on his Behance profile. The comments there ranged from the very common “this looks funny” — well, what would we all expect from a font with the word comic in its name, right? — to the surprising positive response praising some of his versions over the originals.

What!? Ouch, I don’t know if I can agree with that, read on to get my views on them, but hey, you be the judge!

Here’s a selection with the best, well, I mean least worst of them. Check them out:

 

Adidas

The global sports Adidas logo and more friendly-looking mark. The type? Well, you know.

Adidas

 

Android

Surprisingly the tiny little green robot, err, I mean android, looks quite cute.

Android

 

Coca-Cola

Improving Coca-Cola’s logo is a huge challenge in itself, who dares? A quick tip, using Comic-Sans to get there is not the right way of doing it.

Coco-cola

 

EA Games

I wouldn’t be surprised if the guys from EA end up using this logo on a real game made for children. Or perhaps they already did, anyone can confirm that?

EA

 

eBay

Here’s something funny, as if the above is not a joke already, but I bet some designers are going to say this version looks better than the official new eBay logo.

eBay

 

HTML5

I recall the launch of the HTML5 logo and how people said it didn’t make much sense at all. So, a big red shield with the number 5 in it, guess what? It makes even less sense now.

HTML5

 

Lacoste

I can’t stop seeing a little green arm and a slighted elevated biceps, perhaps an alligator ate the arm of a fairly strong man.

Lacoste

 

Microsoft

If Microsoft was to launch a tablet made with children in mind, guess how the logo would look? I would go with the logo below; spot on.

Microsoft

 

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Tiny little motorcycles made for those rebel toddlers who don’t want to eat their meals on time.

Harley-Davidson

 

Nestle

This comic-sans logo almost got me. Nestle is such an organic brand that this logo doesn’t actually look bad. Ok, I’m not making a case for it, obviously I prefer the original!

Nestle

 

Nike

Remove the sharp edges and Nike is now an Australian boomerang manufacturer.

Nike

 

YouTube

Ahh, this one is easy, a YouTube made for kids, with safe and sound, quality educational videos.

YouTube

Should we all be in favor of this change and live in a world made of happy-looking brands? If you ask me, certainly not, but many have already pursued the comic-sanstification of world renown brands before, such as the French design studio Cephalization — yes, I know, what a name — who are behind the Comics Sans Project, where they receive submissions of comic-sans-based logos from all over the world. Oh God, the agony!

If you haven’t pulled your eyes out yet and want to see a bit more comic-gore, be sure to check more logos over Oleg’s page on Behance and the Comics Sans Project. Good luck!

What do you think of multi-billion dollar multinationals adopting Comic-Sans in their logos? Have you ever successfully used Comic-Sans for branding? Let us know in the comments.

  • robaldred

    Agree, the ebay one is basically the same as their new logo.

    • http://rayvellest.com/ Ray Vellest

      Almost the same indeed.

  • bhupesh

    i liked the microsoft one :)

  • http://www.webdesignalley.org/ Design Alley

    I like Lacoste this alligator is really funny.

  • Alicia

    Comic Sans is one of my least fave and I have never managed to use it in branding!:)

  • Alkonost

    Coca-Cola actually doesn’t look half-bad! The capital C’s rescue the rest of it.

  • http://twitter.com/GreerWeb Greer Web Solutions

    the Coke logo looks pretty swell actually!

  • Bianca

    They all look so adorable!

    • http://rayvellest.com/ Ray Vellest

      I agree with you Bianca, they all look quite cute!

  • alekmar

    When I first read the subject I thought that those will be much worse than they are. The designer made a pretty good job, he actually made comic sans look not that bad (for kids products).

  • http://twitter.com/ArenSwensin Aren Swensin

    EW! I have never thought the worst of comic sans, but applying its soft edges to everything really does make it look bad. I actually feel like it looks like how an emulator adjust pixels from 8-bit/16-bit games to make them look higher resolution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xhon.milanisti Xhon Dervishi

    so nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.berghaus Derek Berghaus

    I think it works in some cases, I am a Graphic Designer and have used it before. Why does everybody hate it so much?