Monotype Corsiva

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Monotype Corsiva
Category Script
Designer(s) Patricia Saunders
Foundry Monotype

Monotype Corsiva is a script typeface designed by Patricia Saunders at the Monotype Corporation. Like many fonts released by Monotype in the period, it is an imitation of another company's font, in this case Hermann Zapf's ITC Zapf Chancery, intended for use in Microsoft software. Other Microsoft/Monotype knock-off typefaces of this period include Arial and Book Antiqua.[1][2]

Corsiva and Zapf Chancery are italic typefaces made in the style of the early Italian cursives, as exemplified by the work of the writing master Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi in the sixteenth century. The capitals are of swash design, with characteristic flourishes, designed primarily for use as initial letters.[3]

A 2010 Princeton University study involving presenting students with text in a font slightly more difficult to read found that they consistently retained more information from material displayed in so-called disfluent or ugly fonts (Monotype Corsiva, Haettenschweiler, Comic Sans Italicized were used) than in a simple, more readable fonts such as Arial.[4]


  1. ^ Simonson, Mark. "Monotype's Other Arials". Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Simonson, Mark. "The Scourge of Arial". Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Monotype Corsiva". Microsoft. 
  4. ^ Diemand-Yauman, C.; Oppenheimer, D. M.; Vaughan, E. B. (2011). "Fortune favors the bold (and the italicized): Effects of disfluency on educational outcomes". Cognition 118 (1): 111–5. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2010.09.012. PMID 21040910.  edit