Humor: Use Comic Sans as the System Font in OS X Yosemite
If you’re not happy with the usage of Helvetica Neue as a system font in OS X Yosemite, why not go completely ridiculous and replace the Mac system font with Comic Sans? Yes Comic Sans, somewhere high on the list of worst fonts ever, can now be the universal system font on Mac OS X. Even if you don’t find it particularly amusing, at the very least it should give you a newfound appreciation for Helvetica Neue.
This is obviously a joke (and the idea originated as one too), but it works and makes for an amusing look to OS X Yosemite. You can cheese out your own Mac or play a hilarious prank on someone, or on a more serious note, it may be a decent system font for a kids workstation. As you’d probably expect, Comic Sans is a goofy system font and looks ridiculous. Want to try it yourself? Of course you do, it’s a piece of cake to install and easy to reverse too.
Here’s what you’ll want to do to replace the system font of OS X with the universally lambasted Comic Sans font face:
- Download the Comic Sans Yosemite Sans font pack here from FAT Lab (direct ZIP download link)
- In the OS X Finder, hit Command+Shift+G and go to ~/Library/Fonts (the user fonts folder)
- Unzip and toss the Yosemite Sans font files into ~/Library/Fonts/ then log out of the active user account
- Log back into the Mac with that same user account to experience OS X with Comic Sans
If you want to reverse this, and you most certainly will unless this is a prank, simply remove the two fonts you added from ~/Library/Fonts/ then log out and back in again. Super easy to undo. And yes, if you do this as a prank, you should absolutely let the target know how to undo this.
This amusing find comes to us from FAT Lab, who also provides this amazing screen shot of their own Comic Sans’ed Yosemite Mac, which is complete with a bunch of ridiculous Dock icons. Looks great!
And yes we’re poking fun a bit here, but the new thinner system font in OS X Yosemite has been fairly divisive and has frustrated many users. Some designers insist that readability suffers with Helvetica Neue (the new system font) and is significantly worse compared to Lucida Grande (the old system font in OS X). On a non-retina display Mac I tend to agree with the complaints, and I personally modified OS X Yosemite to use Lucida Grande again for that reason, along with Increase Contrast it makes reading the Yosemite interface on a MacBook Air with a regular display much easier on the eyes. Of course, another potential cause of some of the font complaints may be the odd font smoothing behavior in OS X Yosemite which curiously only happens on some Macs, with the result producing screen text that looks blurred and out weirdly out of focus.
Anyway, if you’re bothered by Helvetica Neue, Comic Sans is probably not the answer except to get a good laugh.