2005.04.01 11:33 AM

Font News

It seems Microsoft will be releasing some new typefaces next year (via Poynter):

The Microsoft collection includes two serif, three sans serif, and a monospaced face for use in programming environments. They are intended to be text typefaces as opposed to display faces that are used in larger sizes for headlines. Some of the new fonts are suitable for print as well as on-screen applications.

Poynter provides some additional samples showing numbers, upper and lower case letters, and special characters.

These are all very nice, and I expect they will impact the typosphere in the same way Tahoma and Verdana did so long ago. I really like the new monospaced Consolas by Luc(as) de Groot. I've tried a number of different monospaced fonts for development, including Anonymous, but have learned to hate them all for one reason or another. Consolas looks great, the letters are wonderfully apportioned, the corners are all sharp, and the zero is struck. I just wish it was available today.

Speaking of which, I noticed this morning that MSDN has already adopted one of the new fonts:

Given only these four letters, it's hard to tell whether that's Calibri or Corbel. Here's how the MSDN logo looked before, both thick and thin:

  

In other font news, check out the very cool Identifont:

[E]nables you to identify a font from a sample by answering a series of simple questions. It is ideal if you want to match an existing typeface, or identify a typeface you have seen in a publication.

We found this while trying to match a prospective client's logo font in a proposal. Unfortunately, we didn't succeed (with finding a font match, the proposal is still pending), but it still proved to be a great tool.


Comments

Looks like Scott Hanselman likes Consolas, too.

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/KeynoteThought.aspx

ewbi.develops | 2005.07.05 02:55 AM

More info from Jensen Harris:

http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archive/2005/12/07/501009.aspx

ewbi.develops | 2005.12.07 11:05 AM


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