Are You Familiar with Segoe UI?

Last week a client told me that it uses the typeface Segoe UI (pronounced SEE-go) for its contracts. I wasn’t familiar with it, so I checked it out. Go here for the Wikipedia page for it. And the image below shows it alongside Calibri. Segoe UI is a system font, so it’s safe to use—it won’t default to some other font on someone else’s computer. Matthew Butterick rates it, and Calibri, “OK in limited doses.” I declare Segoe UI unobjectionable.

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Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.

7 thoughts on “Are You Familiar with Segoe UI?”

  1. FWIW Segoe doesn’t appear to be a system face in the Mac OS. I find Calibri dully satisfactory, but think Optima and Verdana have more flair (and, for that matter, flare).

  2. I like Book Antiqua; Butterick has no problem with it. Not a big fan of 2-column contracts; readability is adversely impacted and it’s harder to mark them up if you’re on the receiving end.

  3. I know this is an old post but I use Segoe UI 10.5 for my consumer-facing agreements and I’m now switching to it for template IT service agreement. I think it’s a nice balance between the traditional fonts and Calibri. But of course, it’s only a personal preference.


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