John Hudson and Annabelle Timsit, reporting last week for The Washington Post:
In a cable sent Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post,
Secretary of State Antony Blinken directed the department to use a
larger sans-serif font in high-level internal documents, and gave
the department’s domestic and overseas offices until Feb. 6 to
“adopt Calibri as the standard font for all requested papers.”
“The Times (New Roman) are a-Changin,” read the subject line.
It is correct for the State Department to have a house style for documents. I’m not sure what font they should use, but it wasn’t Times, and it shouldn’t be Calibri. Off the top of my head, I’d suggest Caslon — a sturdy, serious typeface that looked good 250 years ago, looks good now, and should look good 250 years from now.
★ Thursday, 26 January 2023