In a new video series, Unquiet, UK newspaper The Times explores the history, significance and meaning of the font designed specifically for its pages, Times New Roman. Created in 1931 by Stanley Morison, part of an effort to sharpen the design of the daily, the typeface went on to become a classic. Perhaps a ‘standard’ is a better word though. As the film uncovers, TNR isn’t a universal favourite, hard, sharp, formal, even boring, its the serious-minded choice “an accountant in a suit.” However, its power and reader-friendly form is undeniable. Communicating the message clearly and directly while remaining almost anonymous, The Times newspaper continues to use its custom lettering in the updated ‘Modern’ & ‘Classic’ versions. Get to know the grumpy old man of the typography world below.
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