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Frank Has Some Cross Words for Arial

Published on July 20, 2018

Arial is Helvetica in sheep’s clothing. The subject came up because Frank was doing a crossword puzzle and the clue was “Popular sans serif font” and Helvetica would not fit.

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By Steve Weiss on Jul 20, 2018

Frank, a decent history of how Arial supplanted Helvetica, but you're too soft on how poor and unaesthetic a substitute it is. Helvetica's got the most graceful curves since God created Eve. Helvetica is like a song. Arial is white noise. The Helvetica capital R stands tall and strong. The Arial capital R reaches out and right like a crooked crutch. Special mention to the latest Helvetica flavor, Neue Haas Grotesk. How can you improve on such beauty? But they have. Helvetica rules; Arial drools.

 

By Joe Webb on Jul 20, 2018

Frank! You're master of the sans serif Univers :)

 

By Carl Braun on Jul 20, 2018

Who cares. Of course if they called it Helvetica the law suit would still be going on. I started in the business as a markup man in a union shop. Typesetters went away with programs like In-Design. Nobody views typesetting as an art (kill the widows and orphans). It all about producing a product more efficiently.
Carl Braun

 

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