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The scourge of Arial

 
 
nimh
 
Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 04:51 pm
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The scourge of Arial

Arial is everywhere. If you don’t know what it is, you don’t use a modern personal computer. Arial is a font that is familiar to anyone who uses Microsoft products, whether on a PC or a Mac. It has spread like a virus through the typographic landscape and illustrates the pervasiveness of Microsoft’s influence in the world.

Arial’s ubiquity is not due to its beauty. It’s actually rather homely. Not that homeliness is necessarily a bad thing for a typeface. With typefaces, character and history are just as important. Arial, however, has a rather dubious history and not much character. In fact, Arial is little more than a shameless impostor.

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NickFun
 
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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 05:42 pm
@nimh,
I prefer Comic Sans Serif. It has a lighthearted look that make you smile and feel good about the world! Sadly, it is rarely found anymore.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 05:50 pm
@NickFun,
I used Arial almost exclusively when printing flyers and advertising materials.

It is bland, but easy to read, especially from a distance.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 05:54 pm
@nimh,
Thanks, interesting.
I'm one of the people that appreciates a2k's serif font..
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Eva
 
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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 07:33 pm
@nimh,
As a designer, I fought against Arial for years. It's nice to see something about it here on A2K...in "public" if you will.

But then, I'm a typeface snob.
NickFun
 
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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 08:56 pm
@Eva,
So long as I can read it I don't care what typeface you use. Just make sure it's something worth reading Smile
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 11:44 pm
@Eva,
I'm a type face snob in that I care about appropriate typefaces for different uses - so do many of us.

With our gallery, palatino, a serif, made sense. There was a close substitute, forget the name right now.

Re: flyers, I can see helvetica or arial being right. Also can see not bothering to read some things in some fonts. Liked a link Robert gave recently re latin appropriate fonts.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 15 Oct, 2008 12:00 am
@nimh,
I don't care about its lineage....I just hate it.
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TilleyWink
 
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Reply Wed 15 Oct, 2008 11:47 am
@nimh,
http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:hhdtk-Ft2yPQyM:http://www.stainer1.co.uk/logo.jpg

There is always the grafitti font!
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