Choice of Font becomes critical evidence in case

Typography, the art (and science) of arranging and forming letters, is an essential tool in design, and a subject of never-ending fascination for graphic design nerds like myself.

Some typefaces and font choices can make political statements, whereas a font like Microsoft’s Comic Sans is so reviled it can spark outrage.

TNW’s Bryan Clark reports on yet another Microsoft font, Calibri, that is now a key piece of evidence in a corruption trial involving Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif:

Sharif contends that neither he, nor his family, profited from his position of power, a denial that came under scrutiny today after his daughter and political heir apparent, Maryam Nawaz, produced documents from 2006 that prove her father’s innocence.

Unfortunately for the Nawaz family, type experts today confirmed the documents were written in Calibri, a font that wasn’t available until 2007.

Personally, I despise Calibri almost as much as I do Comic Sans and Arial. What are some better choices? Check out Matthew Butterick’s excellent Typography for Lawyers website and book.

One more thing…

Technically, since Calibri is the default font for Microsoft Office, one might argue that the authors of the documents in question did not consciously choose the default font. In response, I offer the following retort:

You can choose a ready guide
In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears
And kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose free will.

Rush, Freewill


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