Arial vs. Helvetica

By Deane Barker on December 3, 2003

arial or helvetica?: Here’s a quiz for font geeks to see if you know your arial from your helvetica.

Once there was a typeface called Helvetica. It was extremely popular. Later came a software company called Microsoft. They “borrowed” Helvetica for their operating system and called it Arial. This inferior typeface is now on millions of desktops all over the world. Can you tell the difference between the original and the rip-off in these ten examples?

“Inferior typeface”? I can’t believe they put that in there without taking a shot at the “inferior operating system.”



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