Federal Font Friday

Samples of Courier and New Times Roman

By Tom Vanderbilt from a February 2004 article on Slate.com:

Courier, Dispatched: How the Federal Government—more specifically, U.S. State Department—put the kibosh on the typewriter font.

In late January [2004], an announcement from the U.S. State Department generated certain chatter along the generally indiscernible diplomatic-typographic axis. This was the news that as of February 1, the department was ditching Courier New 12 as its official font-in-residence and taking up with Times New Roman 14. Courier 12 had been put to pasture after several decades of honorable service, like an aging, elegant diplomat whose crisp, cream-colored linen suit and genteel demeanor now seem winningly old-fashioned. Times New Roman 14, as the State Department put it, “takes up almost exactly the same area on the page as Courier New 12, while offering a crisper, cleaner, more modern look.”

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