Type Specimen: Times New Roman

Times New Roman was designed by Stanley Morison for the Times of London newspaper, in 1932. The font was first used in the newspaper in 1932, and later made available to public in 1933.

The purpose of the typeface was to make the newspaper easier to read — the criteria for it were that the letters should appear larger, but the actual size would stay the same as its predecessors. Also, the font had to have heavier weight to make it more legible. Morison based his design on the Plantin design because he felt it satisfied much of the criteria. Since the newspaper used both Monotype and Linotype machines to set types, they had to create a second, almost identical version for Linotype machines. Since many software include Times New Roman in their default fonts, its popularity continued into the digital age.

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