The US State Department sent shockwaves throughout its workforce after it dethroned the Times New Roman as the preferred line of official communications.
The evergreen staple has been used by the government body since 2004, but a leaked cable revealed that this is about to change.
As stated in Washington Post (Opens in a new tab)the iconic font will be replaced in favor of Calibri for better readability purposes in digital formats.
Written by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the cable explained that San Serif fonts — those without little bumps at the ends of each letter — are easier to read at smaller sizes on digital devices like smartphones, making them a favorite for those with visual impairments. .
Microsoft also replaced Times New Roman with Calibri as the default font in its word processor software in 2007, when the font was first released. Perhaps this is another reason for the State Department’s decision – if they use the company’s products to create documents, it will be very convenient to change the font every time you start a new document.
However, even Calibri is now ready to go out of fashion. In 2021, Microsoft itself wanted to change its default font (Opens in a new tab) in Microsoft 365, and created five new custom fonts for users to choose from to replace Calibri. For now, though, Calibri remains the number one property of the IT giant.
like Techcrunch (Opens in a new tab) Notes Noto, the font created jointly between Monotype and Google, is specially designed for the consumption of written content today, with its compatibility with all languages and symbols, which would be suitable for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, given its wide competencies and international transactions. She is also serifless.