Courier is dead. Long live Courier.


Boing Boing, a blog that cannot be accessed here in the souless office park due to our internet security filter, is reporting that as of today, “courier new 12” is obsolete and unacceptable at the US State Department. The new standard font is Times New Roman 14. Exceptions to the new rule include:

  • telegrams
  • treaty materials prepared by the State Department’s legal affairs office
  • documents drawn up for the president’s signature

Why is it not surprising that the legal office is exempt? We can’t wean the lawyers off of WordPerfect, let alone Courier.

The original article uses the word draconian to describe the new edict, which is pretty harsh. I support the State Department’s effort to standardize the look and feel of its documents; not enough people pay attention to the relationship between presentation and the effectiveness of a communication. Say what you’d like about our foreign policy but know that font-wise, this country is headed in the right direction. Goodnight, and God bless America.

2 responses to “Courier is dead. Long live Courier.”

  1. The Navigator

    So long, Courier, we hardly knew ye. Early on in my college days, I had trouble filling up appropriate lengths on writing assignments, and I realized that Courier was my best friend, because it was a really wide font, and filled up page space comparatively quickly. It helped me make the transition to college life.
    Pretty soon, though, I began using up my page limits and then some (if you can believe that). So I moved on to Times New Roman, which is easier on the eyes anyway.
    Still, I’ll always have a soft spot for Courier.

  2. Becky

    Navigator, I find it hard to believe that you had trouble meeting the minimum length of writing assignments! I’m with you on the soft spot for Courier. While not good for everyday writing, it’s great when you want to evoke a retro, typewriter-style feel in your work.