I found this on Facebook, and although the explanation is in Comic Sans (click to enlarge), it is a really great picture, for the “camels” you see are really just shadows of nearly invisible camels viewed from above.
A cool picture of camels
February 1, 2012 • 7:35 am
29 thoughts on “A cool picture of camels”
It’s considered one of the best pictures of the year and they spoil it with an overlaid caption (let alone one in Comic Sans)!
But, yes, very cool…
… and badly set!
This is a beautiful illustration of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave: we do not see reality but only ‘shadows’ of reality.
The font makes it look like PZ Myers thinks camels are stupid.
But yes, it’s a beautiful picture.
What a great photo.
The photographer is George Steinmetz (National Geographic) – and here you can find a better image (without the comic sans):
& bigger: http://i50.tinypic.com/303i9gg.jpg
(The biggest I could find.)
Yes – wonderful!
At that size, it’s much clearer which the real camels are…
Cool! And what exactly is the problem with Comic Sans?
That it’s a bad typeface.
Those guys are probably creationists, too.
I like a lot of fonts such as Abelard and Bremen BD for example, but Comic Sans is easy to read. I use it in all of my talks and posters. I’d way rather stand at a poster and read Comic than Times Roman.
Well, if you want to convey silliness, childish naivete, irreverence, &c., go right ahead.
And if legibility is your most important criterion, there are many typefaces that are more easily readible than Comic Sans!
Chacun à son goût. And remarkable that anyone at this website would take offense to anything they felt smacking of irreverence.
Well, if you you want to convey irreverence, by all means use it. After all, that’s what PZ Myers uses it for, the ramblings of fools…
I’m with you, Hempenstein. PZ’s forever tarnished a perfectly desirable font.
These are clearly meanings of “perfectly” and “desirable” that I was previously unaware of… 😉
But whatever you think of the aesthetics of the letterforms (and I’ve got to agree with Dave Gibbons, whose lettering in Watchmen “inspired” Vincent Connare’s design, that it’s “particularly ugly”), Connare intended it to be used in informal documents and Comic Sans is always at odds with a serious message.
There are many comic-book-style fonts that are graphically superior to Comic Sans — those by Nate Piekos at Blambot.com, for example — but I’d never think of using any of those as the main typeface in a presentation to a client (only sparingly, for effect, if appropriate).
C’mon, Ant, this isn’t science. It’s taste.
No, I’ve put the “taste” issue aside.
The appropriateness of different typefaces to the tone of the text is rooted in psychology.
And we all know how “hard” a science that is…
Yes. We do.
Absolutely fantastic! A real prize winner.
It is not merely cool . . . it is groovy.
There is another with zebras, but I have no idea how to link it here. The source is inlaid in the image. So, I will use DropBox:
Wow wow wow wow wow!