Monotype Imaging is proud to offer updated and expanded versions of the popular
Georgia® and Verdana® typeface families. Originally designed by Matthew Carter
15 years ago and adopted by every major computer operating system, the Georgia
and Verdana designs are now available as Pro families. Each comprises 20
weights and features advanced typographic capabilities and extended character
Carter teamed up with Tom Rickner of Monotype Imaging, who provided technical
support on the initial release of the Georgia and Verdana designs in 1996 as
fonts for Microsoft's "Core fonts for the Web" pack. The duo collaborated on
the new Pro versions with typeface designers David Berlow of Font Bureau, who
led the design effort on the Verdana Pro typeface, and Steve Matteson of
Monotype Imaging, who did the same for the Georgia Pro typeface.
The Georgia typeface design posseses characteristics that offer outstanding
legibility and readability: large x-heights, open counters, high contrast
between the regular and bold weights, ample letter spacing, and character
designs that help distinguish commonly confused letterforms.
Even at small sizes the face exudes a sense of friendliness; a feeling of
intimacy many would argue has been eroded from some other popular fonts through
overuse. This is as much testament to the skill of the typeface’s designer,
Matthew Carter, as it is to any intrinsic quality of the face’s design, since
the small pixel spaces of the screen can be a harrowing canvas for any type
The Verdana typeface family was designed specifically to address the challenges
of on-screen display.
The Verdana design exhibits characteristics derived from the pixel rather than
the pen, the brush or the chisel. The balance between straight, curve and
diagonal were meticulously tuned to ensure that the pixel patterns at small
sizes are pleasing, clear and legible. Commonly confused characters, such as
the lowercase i j l, the uppercase I J L and the number 1, have been carefully
drawn for maximum individuality - an important characteristic of fonts designed
for on-screen use. Another reason for the legibility of the Verdana fonts on
the screen is their generous width and spacing.
Contact us to learn more about licensing
Georgia Pro and Verdana Pro for your products and applications.