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Old 03-21-2005, 02:48 PM   #1
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Default Microsoft's new font collection

The Poynter online site has a preview of six new fonts that will ship with Longhorn, the next major revision of Windows. You can read a bit about them and view most of the faces at this Poynter web site link.

There is also a discussion of the fonts on Typophile.com — some discussion of why these fonts look so similar, among other things, by John Hudson, one of the designers. (You may have to register to read there; not sure.)

Some points about them: They are designed for Microsoft’s ClearType technology, so it appears that Mac, Linux, and other non-users of Windows will not be able to use these fonts. (Unless, of course, MS makes OT versions available somehow.) But over time, all Windows users will have them, including many web site developers; sounds messy to me.

The font names all begin with C — Calibri (sans; by Luc(as) de Groot), Cambria (serif; Jelle Bosma), Candara (sans; Gary Munch), Consolas (mono-width; de Groot), Constantia (serif; John Hudson), and Corbel (sans; Jeremy Tankard) — so they will clump together in font menus (so long as you don’t have other fonts whose names get in the way — Caslon, for example).

I am having a strongly negative response to these fonts. Unfortunately, I have only seen fairly large specimens of what are intended for use in text sizes, so cannot really evaluate them.

Anyway, something new to think about.

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