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‘Calibri’ Typeface Gets Entangled In Political Scandal, Becomes Relevant Again
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Jul 2017
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‘Calibri’—the typeface that everyone is all too familiar with—is in the middle of a political brouhaha in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and family have been accused of exploiting his government position for personal gain, and Microsoft’s default font is evidence for the claim.
In 2016, 11.5 million documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca were leaked, revealing that some of Sharif’s children had been appointed beneficiaries for firms that had real estate holdings in London.
While not illegal, the spotlight was on the family because Sharif—at the time—was embroiled in accusations of tax sheltering, money laundering, and suspected to be profiteering off his political position.
Attempting to clear her family’s name, Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Sharif released some documents attesting that she was not a beneficiary of the companies, but simply a trustee.
Forensic handwriting and document examiner Robert W. Radley, however, discovered that the documents—dated to 2006—had been signed off with the ‘Calibri’ typeface, which only came into existence a year later in 2007.
Looks like it’s always safer to stick to classics like ‘Arial’ and ‘Times New Roman’.
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[via Fast Co. Design, images via various sources]
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