Over the Christmas break I watched the documentary Helvetica.

Helvetica Poster

It seems that Jeff Atwood over at Coding Horror has been similarly intrigued by typefaces and the history of Helvectica and its many knock offs, of which Arial is the most commonly seen.

Jeff linked to an interesting article from 2001 by Graphic & Type Designer Mark Simonson who discusses the history of Arial and how to spot it. Having looked at the samples on Mark’s site comparing Arial to Helvetica I think I can say I prefer Helvetica a lot more than Arial. Its seems to be a more balanced typeface.

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