Sort of like Arial Rounded MT?

I found this image via an online photo archive belonging to an artist here in the NL. I'm no typographer but it looks like a slightly wider version of Arial Rounded MT, no? Particular attention towards P, L, C, M, E, and S... very rounded, even 'techno/space-like'. After exhausting the powers of online type queries I am hoping that someone here can help identify this particular face. One thing the artist mentioned was that it was highly possible it was a free font and dated around 2008.

I know the text itself might be small but I think it's possible to make out the differences of the type.

Thanks a lot, Typophiles! : )

ID font in Teenager Posts and so-relatable images

Anyone know or think they might be able to identify the font for Teenager Posts and so-relatable images. Here is an example of the font, or you can visit the website to look at the fonts used on the images.
I've looked everywhere to no avail so be great if you could help me! And I'm pretty sure it isn't helvetica or arial, although it could be a variation?

Arabic, Urdu, Hindi and Mandarin equivalents of Verdana, Georgia etc?

Hi, I'm working on a multi-lingual project for the first time and have been asked to find out if there are any standardised web fonts for each of the following languages:

• Hindi
• Urdi
• Arabic
• Mandarin

Similar to what we have in fonts such as Verdana, Georgia, and...say it quietly....Arial.

Really appreciate any help from the members of the board who may have experience in this field of typography. Of course, and insights from speakers of those languages would be deeply appreciated, as well. :)

Many thanks in advance!

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?????

Wanted: typedesigner’s opinions about Arial

Hello everybody,
I’m a design student from Potsdam (Germany). Currently I am working on a research project about Arial and it would be great to hear some expert opinions about this strange typeface.
I have already read this great article by Mark Simonson. It would be very nice if some of the typedesigners in this forum could help me and write a few words. Thank you!


p.s.: Please excuse my bad english.

Arial in Hogsmeade?

One of my good friends is in Orlando this weekend for the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Islands of Adventure. I was flipping through her photos, when I saw this:

Now, I know that the wizards have previously established themselves to not be great graphic designers (see this thread), so I can excuse the mismatched alignments in the fares table. But you would think that without access to digital technology the wizarding world would provide some sanctuary from that oh-so-ubiquitous Arial. But no, even in the wizarding world it appears that Arial manages to make its presence felt.

Prove you know Helvetica

Hi all typography lovers!

I'm a new comer here, and I hope to tell you guys about the iphone app we've finished that's called Helvetication.

My friend Andrew as an graphic/typopgraphy designer himself, always wants to challenge his designer friends about helvetica, but really can't find a good looking one or one that is appealing to him.

We came up with a simple and elegant app that lets you compete with your friends, and also see how well you actually know helvetica (vs arial).

It's only 99 cents, but it's really a lot of fun! and I hope you guys can just try it out

Also please tell us anything we can improve on, as we are going to do upgrades soon and I really hope you all are happy. Thanks!