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Vincent Connare, Inventor Of ‘The Most Hated Font,’ Defends Himself

A typographic engineer, Connare was working at Microsoft in 1993, when he was asked for his input on a new program’s fonts. “When I loaded the CD a little dog came up. He talked in a speech balloon like you would get in a newspaper cartoon strip, but it was in the system font Times New Roman,” Connarre says. “I thought, ‘That’s silly. Dogs don’t talk like that.’ So I…

The future of handwriting

Even after the proliferation of print, the humble pen continued to flourish. History owes a lot to the literates who, entirely off their own steam, chose to document the times they lived in. Without people such as Samuel Pepys, there would be huge caverns in our knowledge of major events that happened in relatively recent history. But over the past couple of decades, there has been a tangible shift away…