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[Vincent Connare]

Written by Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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Vincent Connare (b. 1960, Boston) is an ex-painter turned type designer, who holds an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in 1999. In the late eighties/early nineties Connare worked in the Ikarus, Intellifont and TrueType teams for Agfa/Compugraphic, and was one of the first type designers to learn TrueType hinting. Then he joined Microsoft, where he designed or had a big hand in Trebuchet (1996) and Comic Sans (1995).

At Connare.com (Seattle), he designed the transitional book text typeface Magpie in 2000. That typeface was published in 2008 at Dalton Maag as Magpie Typo.

He designed WildStyle for the Agfa Creative Alliance. He created Fabula (a font for children's texts in Basque, Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Frisian, Irish, Spanish and Welsh), Amaze (for mazes), and Vixar ASCII (1995, for Microsoft).

Connare also enjoys a reputation as an expert font hinter.

Note that there is a movement by Isaac Stanfield to ban Comic Sans, discussed at Typographica and Typophile. Interview by Karen Huang. Piece by Emily Steel.

Vincent Connare joined Dalton Maag in the spring of 2001 as production manager. At Dalton Maag he was part of the team that developed Ubuntu and Nokia Pure. Can Comic Sans look good in design? Check Markku Ylisirniö's Comic Sans poster. At Ampersand in 2011, he concluded "I just wanted to let it go; it just looks ridiculous" explaining why he was not involved with Ascender's Comic Sans Pro.

Video: Influencers and Innovation: Comic Sans (2013).

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file name: Markku Ylisirnio Comic Sans Poster 2010


file name: Vincent Connare Comic Sans Philippine Stamps 1995


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file name: Vincent Connare Comic Sans 1995


file name: Vincent Connare Magpie Typo 2000 2008


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file name: Vincent Connare Magpie Typo Bold 2000 2008


file name: Vincent Connare Trebuchet Bold 1996


file name: Vincent Connare Trebuchet Bold 1996b


file name: Sue Walker Vince Connare Jose Scaglione Conrad Taylor Gerry Leonidas Fabula1


file name: Vincent Connare Pic 2013


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