Tuesday, 12 March 2013


The font “Georgia” is a transitional serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter in 1993, and was released in November 1, 1996.

Georgia is also a reflexive unilateral and bilateral typeface.

The typeface has a random derivation, it is named after a tabloid headline titled “Alien heads found in Georgia.” 

Georgia was designed specifically for Apple and Microsoft computers in the period where clarity for web-based print at low resolution was needed.

Georgia serifs are wide, blunt with flat ends, using old – style text figures. The font was influenced by “Scotch Roman” and also incorporates influences from Clarendon-style (an English slab serif) typefaces, especially in b, r, j, and c (uppercase and lowercase).

Scotch Roman

Clarendon- style

In Georgia, "the uppercase characters are lightened, the height is increased, the ascenders rise above the cap height, and the numerals, often cut with a high degree of stress, have been evened out and made slightly non-aligning."

Georgia possesses characteristics of legibility and readability: 

  • large x-heights
  • open counters
  • high contrast between the regular and bold weights
  • generous letter spacing
  • character designs that help distinguish commonly confused letterforms
Georgia's wider proportion is perfect for the web headlines. 
The following publications use Georgia for headlines:

  • Guardian
  • Independent
  • FT
  • The Time
  • Telegraph
  • Wall Street Journal 
  • International Herald Tribune
  • NY Times
  • LA Times
  • Washington Post
  • Time


  • © 2010, retrieved March 9

  • © 2003 Daniel Will Harris, retrieved March 9

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