Luke (As) de Groote in Berlin.
On Thursday, Microsoft announced changes to some of its most visible software soon. This will select a new default font for its Office applications, such as Word and Excel. And that means that people will no longer see so much of the font that has been held in the default location since 2007 – a saint-serif font called Callery.
The change is another sign that it is not the old Microsoft. Since measured Satya Nadella loudly and proudly replaced Steve Balmer as CEO in 2014, Microsoft has made it easier to work with partners, strategically embracing third-party platforms rather than ignoring them Has taken, and has ever appeared as a formidable contender. Activating the cloud computing business. Changes are in order, probably in the form of Microsoft software.
But the Dutch type designer behind Calibari, Luke (a.s.) de Groot was caught by surprise.
During a video interview from his home in Berlin, he said, “I didn’t expect it to be replaced already.”
He did not expect consultation about the decision, and says he is happy that Microsoft invests in new fonts to make its software more valuable. He said the election was about improving Calibari’s legacy, keeping in mind the trend of contemporary style, about options for change.
De Groot started working on Calibari all the way in 2002. An intermediary asked him to come up with a proposal for a monopase typeface for an anonymous client. He was not informed that the customer had also sought offers from other people. He was also asked to come up with a sans-serif font, and so he sent a few sketches for Calibari in addition to the Monopes work.
The client became Microsoft, which accepted both of its offers, and in 2003 De Groot met with designers, consultants and members of the company’s typography team at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
At the meeting, De Groot said, he argued that to help the company read old-fashioned figures – characters with varying heights – and Microsoft employees agreed.
Five new fonts commissioned by Microsoft are available in Word for Office 365 customers. The first paragraph of the text is shown in Calibury, and the second paragraph appears in the new Seaford font.
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Bringing the name was not easy. For both of its fonts, Microsoft wanted names that started with the letter C.
As De Groot put it in an email, “I proposed to Claas, a Scandinavian first name and associated with ‘class’, but then a Greek consultant said it meant ‘fart’ in Greek. Then I proposed Karva or Curie, which I did. Still like, but then Cyrillic consultant said that it means ‘prostitute’ in Russian, it is actually used as a very common curse word. “Microsoft legal workers checked each possible name to see if it was not already trademarked.
The company came up with the name “Calibari” and when De Groot first heard it, he found it strange. It was similar to Collingree, which hums. But then Microsoft employees said it was related to calibrating the rasterizer in the company’s ClearType font rendering system.
Once he sent Calibari, he did not know how it would be used. At first he heard that it would be incorporated into a programming environment. It was not until a few years later that he learned that it would default to Office, which has 1.2 billion users. By default, Calibri worked with lining figures with similar characters, although users can enable old-style figures in Word.
Calibari came to millions of PCs with the release of Office 2007, making the 20th century serif font Times New Roman a success. Soon, it was everywhere. It became a popular option for resumes. It has been used to solve cases of forgery, and in 2017 it implicated the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a Pakistani corruption investigation. Donald Trump Jr., son of former President Donald Trump, used Calibari to issue an email exchange about a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer to gather information about Hillary Clinton running for the presidency against Trump. .
Over the years, De Groot has done additional work on Calibari. He came in with a heavy weight, added support for Hebrew, and three years ago, he said, he introduced a prototype for a variable Calibri font, which includes multiple styles in a single font file, although Microsoft did not release it is. He was working on the Calibury update as recently as two weeks ago.
She then began receiving emails from reporters about this news: Microsoft’s design team on Thursday published a blog post revealing five fonts, one of which would eventually replace Calibary. Calibari, he wrote, “has served us all well, but we believe it is time to develop.”
De Groot can’t help but have a look at the five fonts. He downloaded them to his PC and tested them.
He said he was fond of Seaford, a font developed by Tobias Frere-Jones, Nina Stosinger and New York studio Frere-Jones type Fred Schalkras. “It’s a very strong design, and I would love to see it as the new default,” he said. “It’s not neutral at all, but I think it’s a very good design.”
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