Corbel (typeface)

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Category Humanist sans-serif
Designer(s) Jeremy Tankard
Foundry Microsoft

Corbel is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Jeremy Tankard for Microsoft and released in 2005. It is a part of the new suite of fonts that come with Microsoft Windows Vista developed to take advantage of ClearType to improve the reading experience in Windows Vista and Office 2007.

Corbel is designed to give an uncluttered, clean appearance on screen. The letter forms are open with soft, flowing curves. It is legible, clear and functional at small sizes. At larger sizes the detailing and style of the shapes is more apparent resulting in a modern sans serif type with a wide range of possible uses.

Corbel includes text figures (old style or lowercase numerals), which are very suitable for setting running text. This is an uncommon feature in screen fonts, especially in sans-serif faces (lowercase numerals are found in Microsoft's serif Georgia typeface).

This font, along with Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Consolas and Constantia, is also distributed with various free Office viewers,[1][2][3] the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack[4] and the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac.[5]


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