Sorting it all Out Michael Kaplan's random stuff of dubious value Be sure to read the disclaimer here first!
(Apologies to M. Night Shyamalan!)
So, another great shirt showed up at CafePress.com:
There is not a single bit of this shirt that I don't think rocks! :-)
Click on the shirt to buy it, etc.
Now of course people liked it, but when Simon Daniels saw it you know what he said, being a member of the Microsoft Typography team, right?
He wondered what font that was!
Here is a close-up of the text:
Or for those who speak code points:
U+0130 U+0020 U+015f U+00e9 U+00e8 U+0020 U+0111 U+00ea U+00e4 U+0111 U+0020 U+0137 U+00e9 U+00ff U+0161
Well, he didn't think it was Verdana given the y above that has an extra tail and the Verdana has an uppercase I with dot with serifs.
But it couldn't be Tahoma because of the comma bekow the K or the cedilla under the s didn't match.
It couldn't be Segoe because of serifs on the I that it has, and it looked a bit like Segoe UI except the various dots are round there, not square like on the shirt.
It couldn't be Humanist with its bigger downward curve in the lowercase a and the fact that its has no k with comma below.
And it couldn't be Frutiger given the different look of the comma below the k and the cedilla under the s.
I swear I thought it might be Calibri, but Carolyn set me straight -- the cedilla is different and the y has no extra tail.
Cambria, Candra, and Century also had their own differences -- the whole thing felt like one of those puzzles where you have to find what is different about each picture!
So here is the big attempt:
And even now no one has identified the font yet....
Does anyone out there have any thoughts on what font it might be? :-)
In any case, I love the shirt, it is very cool.
This post brought to you by ķ (U+0137, a.k.a. LATIN SMALL LETTER K WITH CEDILLA)
I wish I could say I got the joke (keys?), but it did remind me of this utf-8 design I posted a while back: http://intepid.com/2005-05-30/22.45/
I think it's Bitstream Vera Sans. Of course Si wouldn't recognize it, being the Microsoftie that he is :)
Tried WhatTheFont and Identifont and no positive match :(
By the way, Frutiger has nothing to do with fruit :)
The characters look like Prima Sans by Bitstream (http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/bitstream/prima-sans/prima-sans/). I cheated - erase the diacritic marks and it becomes easy to match automatically... :-)
Yeah I get the Sixth Sense reference but I second markp in saying I don't get the joke.
Another fun T-shirt that we made years ago: http://www.cafepress.com/nucleartacos.26746951
I see it's quite similar to the shirt in the first comment!
I agree with Marc Durdin - it's most probably Prima Sans with the manually created 'LATIN SMALL LETTER K WITH CEDILLA' (U+0137) which this font doesn't contain.
This is Dejavu Sans. Yes, it's a Bitstream Vera Sans derivative with international additions and what not.
ķ isn't in Vera Sans.
The comma below k is a bit off to the right, isn't it?
"looked a bit like Segoe UI except the various dots asre round thered"
I'm trying to figure if that's deliberate =P The whole rest of the post has no mistakes at all that I can spot and then two within three words. Saying that, I've been guilty of the same and I'm sure it will have been on more than one occasion.
That, and markp's link above, reminds me of this (which you may or may not already know about): http://www.flickr.com/photos/jedwards/89064330/
Appears to be DejaVu Sans.
(Which is is based on Bitstream's Vera family.)
Hey, I did suggest Vera to Michael - I demand a recount! ;-)
And of course Vera is Prima minus the hints.
I was much more impressed in the cases where links to fonts for me to test things out with were made available. :-)
By the way, that font you have that thinks its Helvetica isn't.
The first two lines of your Wordpad document are both showing Arial.
(Arial is often used as an on-screen substitute for Helvetica, presumably because it looks like Helvetica that got into a fight and lost. It is also supposed to have the same character widths.)