CALIBRI IS A SANS SERIF FONT that Microsoft has used as a default on their Office products, starting from the 2007 version. You may know it when you first type out your Word document without any text formatting. Unfortunately, Microsoft announced back in April last year that they are retiring Calibri from its default seat, with five new contenders contesting to take over the throne as the next new default font.
Throughout these fourteen years, Calibri came and went (a little more obscure in your Windows operating system) with little fanfare surrounding it. That is not the case for other default fonts that Microsoft has introduced in the past. If you have read a previous article I wrote about Times New Roman, you’d have known how it received contentious opinions due to its massive, accessible use in Microsoft Word. There was seemingly no neutral standpoint about this aged serif. Arial was brutally pitted against its older Helvetica counterpart. Even non-defaults like Comic Sans and Impact were abused by the hands of meme-makers, with the former by school teachers too. But Calibri suffered no similar extremes of glory, shame, or exploitation of such sort. As we explore the possible reasons why Calibri missed such outcomes, we shall also see what we can learn about font rationale and their reactions by the masses.