Helvetica vs. Arial

Posted by Scott

Nothing too involved here, just a simple diagram outlining the key differences between Arial and Helvetica. You can find the full alphabet overlayed here. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the unique history these typefaces share, here’s an in-depth analysis. And here’s the battle mode.

Via Swissmiss, who’s workspace is way cleaner and more Helvetica-ish than mine:

Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swissmiss

Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swissmiss

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woodrow says:

September 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm

never noticed all the differences before.. insightful. i have a new disgust for arial and appreciation for helvy!


Tardlovski says:

September 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm

at the risk of sounding like a douchebag, helvetica destroys arial. as you can see above, it is inferior in every example. why use arial when you can use the real mccoy?


Karen says:

September 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Great post. But my question is what is that big enormous clock on the second computer? Is it a screensaver? I so want it right now.
I love the fact that she has red luggage to decorate and match the chairs. Awesome office.