A font of historical context for 7 popular typefaces

You might know that Comic Sans should never be used for your webpage—but do you know why? Learn how some lettering was invented to be professional, and others not so much.

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We take typefaces for granted, rarely changing the default fonts that come with our software, web browsers or devices.

If we decide to change a font, we mindlessly scroll through the list of typefaces, oblivious to the stories of their creation, the people who designed them, and the controversies surrounding their use.

Well, every typeface has a story—and here are seven of them.

1. Calibri— A modern sans-serif typeface, Calibri was designed by Dutch type designer Luc(as) de Groot. Calibri has been the default typeface for Microsoft office products since 2007, replacing Times New Roman as the default typeface in Microsoft Word and Arial as the default typeface in PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel.

Calibri was been implicated in a political scandal in Pakistan.

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