Like several other bloggers out there, I possess quite a few presentation peeves. Among the most irritable Powerpoint sins: using small and/or illegible fonts, overloading slides with text/data/figures, hideous and inconsistent backgrounds, and (*gasp*) reading from your slides. To keep the focus on your data, all that’s needed is a white background, consistent use of a sans serif font, simple slides, and very limited use of bullets and text (a picture speaks a thousand words).
However, there is one presentation faux pas that I have yet to surrender – the use of Comic Sans font. While I never use Comic Sans for posters or formal presentations, this fun and easy-to-read font can subtly enliven an informal talk, IMHO. So I’ve enjoyed the use of Comic Sans from time to time in small groups – lab meetings, for instance – and it’s never incited the ire I’ve seen on the web. Or maybe, unbeknownst to me, previous audiences have torn apart Dr. O voodoo dolls to punish me for my indiscretions.
So tell me, fellow science-y bloggers, what exactly is your issue with Comic Sans? Lack of professionalism? Inability to italicize? Unresolved issues from childhood? Please let me know; I need a good reason to give up this seemingly harmless presentational activity.