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Sometimes I wonder...

...why Arial was even created. The story goes that When Bill Gates designed Microsoft he didn't want to pay for Helvetica so he got Arial from Monotype. There are a lot of "Helveticas" out there, licenced to different companies, like Swis721 BT licenced to Bitstream. So why did Microsoft choose Arial? AND WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE USE THIS UGLY TYPEFACE?????

Like a font but have no idea what it's called? Then try the WhatTheFont! font identifier by MyFonts! Simply take a screenshot or image of the font, upload the image, choose the glyphs, and it will tell you what typeface it is!

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Helvetica vs. Arial

Think you can distinguish between Helvetica and Arial? Try this interesting quiz by Ironic Sans, called "So you think you can tell Arial from Helvetica?". Here they take regular logos originally designed with Helvetica and replaced all of the words in the Arial typeface.

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