The scourge of Arial

This article by Mark Simonson on the omnipresence of Arial was interesting to me as someone without much formal training in graphic design. Explains why Arial, a Helvetica copycat based on Grotesque, is everywhere. Basically, Arial was created to serve Post Script clone printers that didn't support the Type 1 font Helvetica. Fastward to Windows 3.1 and the Apple. Apple chose the superior Helvetica, Microsoft chose the cheaper Arial, probably figuring that people wouldn't know the difference. And with that, Arial won desktop share.

Thanks, LucDesk