Verdana, Ikea, and Verdana Pro

Macworld published my article on the new, expanded Verdana Pro typeface family here.
Besides explaining the online furor over Ikea’s decision to replace Futura with Verdana in their printed materials, I explain the history and future of Verdana. Below is an example of the expanded family of Verdana Pro, which was designed for clarity in print, as well as on-screen:

I’ve admired and used Verdana since its release in 1996, and look forward to all the new options — and far better kerning — in Verdana Pro!