Ikea font outrage

There’s outrage in web land, as Ikea are switching the font used in their catalogues and other publicity to Verdana.

(Original source, translated from Swedish to English.)

Odd choice. Verdana was specifically designed for on-screen use — something which I suspect will become less relevant over time as displays improve in resolution and quality. And while I can understand the logic of wanting something that can be used in all languages, surely they could have found something else that would fit rhe bill and looked better on paper?

While I don’t hate Verdana as much as those who are running the petition against it, I don’t particularly like it. It’s unpleasingly wide for me.

(What fonts are installed on computers on the web? Here’s a list.)

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