As a way to increase their versatility, Georgia and Verdana fonts have been re-released as Pro versions by Monotype Imaging Holdings.
Changes include new weights for both families, including a light, semibold and black (plus matching italics), as well as new condensed families. According to Monotype: “all the fonts have been hand-turned, or hinted, to ensure legibility on screen, and each of the fonts has an extensive character set to support all Pan European languages, including Greek and Cyrillic.”
Original designer, Matthew Carter created both fonts 15 years ago for Microsoft’s ‘Core Fonts for the Web’ pack. He was involved in the ‘update’ and worked with Tom Rickner from Monotype Imaging who provided support in the both fonts’ initial release in 1996. The duo also worked with typeface designers David Berlow of Font Bureau (on Verdana Pro) and Steve Matteson, also of Monotype Imaging (on Georgia Pro).
The update should provide a better on-screen reading experience and the new weights and styles will also present more options for online headlines, subheads, captions and pullquotes. The Pro versions are available from fonts.com, linotype.com and itcfonts.com.