Verdana is a readable sans serif typeface that can be found all over the World Wide Web. It was designed with onscreen reading in mind. Verdana’s no-nonsense look and clear letter shapes make it a good typeface for body text, especially at small sizes, where its large lowercase letters with ample spacing between them make it easy to read. Verdana is a good choice for presentations and web pages, as well as for flyers, brochures, correspondence, and reports. Try combining Verdana for body text with Tahoma for headlines.
Type designer Matthew Carter designed Verdana for Microsoft in 1996 as a readable typeface for low-resolution computer monitors. He first drew precise versions of each size, as it would appear on the screen in pixels, then created the outlines that would describe the font; then typographic engineer Tom Rickner applied the computer code that would render each size correctly.
Verdana has two weights, Regular and Bold, each with its accompanying oblique italic. The expanded Verdana Pro family has three additional weights, as well as narrow Condensed versions of each weight, with italics.