Here’s something to look forward to – The Design Desk at Poynter.org has a preview of six new Windows fonts:
Beginning in 2006, Microsoft says it will ship with its operating system and other software products six brand new typefaces created especially for extended on-screen reading.
The new ClearType Font Collection incorporates improved ClearType and OpenType technologies, and a boatload of research, to improve the structure and the clarity of the letter forms. Basically, that means a story will be easier to read because the letters and words won’t be as soft and mushy looking.
The Microsoft collection includes two serif, three sans serif, and a monospaced face for use in programming environments. They are intended to be text typefaces as opposed to display faces that are used in larger sizes for headlines. Some of the new fonts are suitable for print as well as on-screen applications.
Scroll to the end of the story to see a snippet of each font or look at the samples here. It’s easy to see that these were designed to be easy on the eye and crisp on the screen. People who are looking forward to Longhorn are expecting massive, killer features, but the accumulation of small touches like these have just as much impact.