Right now Georgia is the most fash­ion­able type on the Internet,” writes Alice Rawsthorn in style and design pages of Inter­na­tional Herald Tribune. Georgia, along with the sans-serif Verdana, were designed to be screen-friendly by British-born, Boston-based Matthew Carter.

A few designers have mentioned that there seems to be a ‘Georgia
revival’ going on,” says Carter, who devel­oped Georgia for Microsoft in 1996. “It seems a bit young to have died and been revived already.”

What­ever its age, Georgia is an elegant, quietly idio­syn­cratic type­face, which is a plea­sure to read on screen, even though it is not designed in the mini­malist style of lettering that we asso­ciate with the Internet. Instead it is one of the serif fonts with deco­ra­tive squig­gles at the ends of the char­ac­ters that we are accus­tomed to seeing in print. Georgia’s growing popu­larity is partly the product of typo­graphic fashion, but also reflects deeper changes in our rela­tion­ship with the screen as our primary source of infor­ma­tion.

· Read Rawsthorn’s article. →