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TYPOGRAPHY TERRORISTS NABBED TRYING TO BOMB IKEA HEADQUARTERS
September 5 2009
Delft, The Netherlands – The concepts that have brought IKEA furniture to the homes of millions around the world have also defined the personality of the company both inside and out. The simplicity and efficiency of the concept has not only made the
company billions of dollars in profit but has also cemented it’s place in popular culture and made it one of the most recognizable and loved brands the world over. Now though a small change has caused controversy unlike any the company has seen before, a controversy that has resulted in the arrests of two men outside the main headquarters.
Police officials in The Netherlands confirmed the arrest of two men outside the main headquarters of IKEA late on Friday night. The duo, Swiss citizens, were apparently nabbed with ‘significant quantities’ of explosive materials and planned to destroy the headquarters of the company. Though officials did not reveal all details of the planned attack it’s believed that the pair was upset over the change in the 2010 version of the
IKEA catalogue which changed the 50-year old Futura font that had become so associated with the company to the more common Verdana, a move that has frustrated typography fans the world over.
“We can confirm that these two men were arrested and had in their possession significant quantities of explosives. They have stated that their intention was to destroy the headquarters of IKEA and we believe that the level of explosives they had was indeed enough to do just that. We have placed patrols around the headquarters in an effort to prevent any other persons from attempting similar actions,” said police spokesperson Peter Dijkstra. “They did state to us that they were very upset by the new IKEA catalogue and wanted to show their protest. We understand that both men have degrees in Typography and have a particular dislike for the Verdana font which prompted this incident. We do believe they were working alone.”
The veranda font was developed by Microsoft and released in 1996 with the Windows operating system. Since that time it has become one of the most widely used fonts on websites and software throughout the world. The Futura font previously utilized by IKEA was a proprietary font utilized since the company was founded.
“It may surprise a lot of people that some find fonts and typography important enough to kill for but this incident shows that the underbelly of the printing and publishing world has a dark undertone. I’d imagine that this incident truly is an isolated one but you never know. Verdana is in use all across the world and seems to be everywhere so it’s likely there are a lot of people very upset by this,” said Scrape TV Crime analyst Willard Weston. “Fortunately for IKEA many of those who would be most upset by this change have limited access to explosives. They may want to attack the company but most will end up writing strongly worded letters, which ironically will likely be read in Verdana.”
According to the company subscriptions to the print version of the catalogue have decreased marginally as a result of the change though web usage has increased.
“It could very well be that part of this change wasn’t to just appease the group that is spending more time searching the product online but was a tactic to actually push the print version of the catalogue further into irrelevancy. Paper catalogues are increasingly more expensive to produce and it’s entirely possible that they are trying to eliminate4 it completely. By driving out the font crowd they are part way there,” continued Weston. “What people are going to have to realize is that no matter how upset you may or may not be by a company’s decision ultimately it is their decision. You can complain and you protest but start to acquire fertilizer and detonation devices you have crossed the line into another realm.”
It’s not immediately clear what font was used to type the police reports or what kind of font access the men will have in prison.