Microsoft is saying goodbye to its iconic default font, Calibri, after 15 years, and has introduced Aptos as the new default font for Microsoft Office. The decision was based on user feedback, with Aptos striking a balance between professionalism and relatability. Created by renowned designer Steve Mattson, the font reflects evolving display technology and enhances the overall user experience.
July 14, 2023 | 09:09 PM IST
Microsoft introduces Aptos as the new default font across Microsoft 365 apps
After commissioning five new fonts: Bierstadt, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena, and Tenorite, Microsoft sought user feedback to determine a suitable replacement for Calibri. Among the contenders, Bierstadt emerged as the front-runner, which resonated more with users. However, a change was in order and Bierstadt was now renamed Aptos.
Aptos is a sans-serif font that incorporates elements of mid-20th century Swiss typography. Its cleanly cut stem edges and subtle rounded squares within the outline of the letters enhance legibility, especially in smaller sizes. Aptos strikes a balance between professionalism and relatability, with various font weights, tails for the heads of “i” and “j,” and distinctive features like a lowercase “l” with rounded dots.
Matson’s design process emphasizes preserving the craft of analog creation, starting with pencil and paper before transitioning to digital. This approach allows Aptos to retain its handmade warmth and humanity, engaging with readers and establishing trust.