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Friday
Oct132006

It's Helvetica's world, we just live in it.

A film about a typeface to be released in 2007: http://helveticafilm.com/

Microsoft uses a typeface called "Arial" that I discovered only recently is NOT the same as the "Helvetica" font found on Macs. The differences are subtle to my untrained eye, but those with a background in typography don't take the discrepencies lightly.

 

On the battle between Helvetica and Arial

Helvetica vs. Arial: http://www.engagestudio.com/helvetica/

How to spot Arial: http://www.ms-studio.com/articlesarialsid.html

Arial or Helvetica?: http://www.iliveonyourvisits.com/helvetica/

 

Wikipedia's article on Helvetica

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetica

 

The real evil: Comic Sans

The Arial's existence is tolerated by those in-the-know. Comic sans is hated. That is is a shame, because its designer, Vincent Connare, also designed one of my favorite fonts: Trebuchet. Read what Vincent says about Comic Sans.

Trivia: I first knew Vincent as a teammate on an ice hockey team. I remember him as a skilled player and an excellent sportsman. Only later did I discover his contributions to Microsoft's typography.

Wikipedia's article on Comic Sans: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Sans

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