Verdana and Georgia

By Deane Barker on April 20, 2006

Georgia & Verdana – typefaces for the screen: Here’s a really (too) detailed examination and interview regarding the two font faces that Microsoft designed specifically for the screen: Verdana and Georgia. It includes this interesting tidbit about how they were named.

Verdana a sans serif named for the verdant Seattle area and Georgia, a brilliant serif named after a tabloid headline about alien heads found in Georgia, which was then used to set test headlines.

I knew Verdana was designed for the screen, specifically. But I didn’t know this is where Georgia came from too.



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