10 iconic fonts reveal Microsoft's huge influence on typography

Microsoft fonts have had a huge impact on type, even if it might not be the first company you think of in terms of typography. You might think of the big type foundries, Adobe or even Apple, which is well known for its own choice of San Francisco and New York as its brand typefaces. But one graphic designer argues that Microsoft is the company that has had the biggest impact on typography in the last 50 years. 

In the video below, the veteran graphic designer and self-described type nerd Linus Bowman explores 10 iconic Microsoft fonts. He believes that if we imagined worlds where either Adobe, Apple or Microsoft didn't exist, it would be the latter that would be the most different in terms of typography if not also on computing in general (see our pick of the best free fonts for alternatives).

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.