Fun Font Facts

Jason English

"¢ Times New Roman was commissioned by and named for The Times of London in the early 1930s. In 2004, the U.S. State Department parted ways with Courier New, announcing that all official documents would use Times New Roman, size 14. However, in the 2007 edition of Microsoft Office "“ after a long and storied run "“ Times New Roman was replaced by Calibri as the default font.

"¢ Helvetica was designed by Swiss graphic artist Max Miedinger in the late 1950s. The name is derived from Helvetia, the Latin name for Switzerland.

"¢ Commissioned by IBM, Courier New was designed for typewriters by Bud Kettler in 1955. The font was nearly released with the name "Messenger." "After giving it some thought," Kettler said, "A letter can be just an ordinary messenger, or it can be the courier, which radiates dignity, prestige, and stability."

"¢ Futura can be found in Eyes Wide Shut posters, on the plaque left on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts, and in jersey numbers of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"¢ Chalkboard is called Chalkboard because it looks as though your type was written on a chalkboard. This is just a guess.