Tech giant Microsoft is planning to change its default font across services from Calibri to something else. It has commissioned five new custom fonts-Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview- for the users to choose from. In a blog post, the company has also separately detailed the new fonts one by one and asked users to vote which font they want to become the next default font. People can head over to Twitter and vote for their favourite font from the list.
The new fonts come in various sans-serif styles—humanist, geometric, swiss-style, and industrial. In case the font you want the most to be chosen as the default one does not get finalised, Microsoft says that “all of them will be available in the font menu, alongside Calibri and your other favourite fonts in your Office apps in Microsoft 365 and beyond.”
As per Microsoft, “Tenorite has the overall look of a traditional workhorse sans serif (a font without a serif, or a stroke at the ends, like Times New Roman), but with a warmer, more friendly style. Bierstadt is a precise, contemporary sans serif typeface inspired by mid-20th-century Swiss typography. Skeena is a “humanist” sans serif based on the shapes of traditional serif text typefaces. Seaford is a sans serif typeface that is rooted in the design of old-style serif text typefaces and evokes their comfortable familiarity. Grandview is a sans serif typeface derived from classic German road and railway signage, which was designed to be legible at a distance and under poor conditions.”
Microsoft believes that the default fonts “communicate a distinct personality in their own quiet way—a personality that by extension becomes our personality as well.” As per the company, it is “the visual identity we present to other people via our resumes, documents, or emails.”