When I was a kid there was this weird font that was often used to represent computer, and I always thought it was weird because it didn't seem to have anything to do with the computers I knew... (1/5)
As it turns out, this font (or its imitations) were based on the Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) numerals developed by bankers in the 1950s to make cheques readable by machines, but still also recognizable to humans... (2/5)
In the 1960s, Leo Maggs designed the "Westminster" font, extending the look of the MICR numerals to a whole alphabet, and it subsequently really caught on with science fiction. A font for machines became symbolic of the future... (3/5)
Microsoft also had a fleeting interest in the original Westminster font, which they briefly included in Windows 98. (5/5)
@rainwarrior Probably because it looks cool but is hard to read?
@rainwarrior I thought it was inspired by PCB, like https://www.eleccircuit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/PCB-layout.jpg
@sciss A false cognate, perhaps. ;)
The real answer is in the second toot in that thread though.
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