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  • Can you tell the difference between Arial and Helvetica?

  • .News

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    January 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Since emerging in 1982, Monotype Imaging‘s Arial has received its fair share of criticism, having long been regarded as a significantly uglier stand-in for Helvetica. That Microsoft endorsed Arial as a Helvetica alternative to avoid paying royalties has only made things worse. Yes, professional typographers and type designers can easily tell the two typefaces apart, but as design is further embedded into the mainstream, typography critics are popping up on ever corner.

    In response, David Friedman of Ironic Sans has created a quiz that takes authentic, Helvetica-based logos and recreates them with Arial. As Friedman says, “some people would call that blasphemy. I call it a challenge: can you tell which is the original and which is the remake?” It may sound easy, but considering how similar Arial is to Helvetica, many will find the quiz quite challenging. Memorizing a few defining Helvetica characters, like “R” and “Q,” should help.

    Take the quiz via the link below and let us know your score in the comments. Good luck/no cheating!

    Helvarial Quiz

    Robert "claims" to have gotten 20/20, whilst I only got 17/20. What can I say? I’m not perfect!

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  • Craig Brown

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    January 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    19 out of 20, MATTEL was my downfall…walks away with head hung in shame

  • Neil Davey

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    January 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    19 / 20 Toyota caught me out!!

    That’s 2 of us with our heads hung low 🙁

  • Alan Drury

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    January 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Makes 3 of us but I got Toyota wrong and I confess Mattel was a guess.
    Alan D

  • Paul Hughes

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    January 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    19 / 20

    mattel had me too!

    Paul

  • Simon Worrall

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    January 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    17/20. ITs the upper case angular letters that confuse me.

  • David Rowland

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    January 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Mattel 19/20

    Where’s Jill Score?

  • Robert Lambie

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    January 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I did get the 20… honest! 😀

    The one that had me thinking for a bit was Crate&Barrel
    It wasnt that i thought it was Arial, I just thought the capital "C" was too close to full revolution. if you see what i mean? actually thought the C only looked more like Avant-garde. 😕
    anyway, all the rest of the letters in it pointed to Helvetica so i went with it to get my 20/20 :tongue:


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  • Martin Pearson

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    January 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Well I’m going to be a party pooper & not even try :lol1: :lol1: I have to confess I am not very good when it comes to recognising any fonts, always amazes me that the same few people generally answer when someone asks for a font id.
    Rather than humiliate myself in public I shall just pretend I didn’t see this thread :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

  • David Rogers

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    January 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    19/20 got MATTEL wrong

    I always though SWISS and HELVETICA were the matched / substitute?

    (As Helvetica is an archaic name for Switzerland)

    (Confederation of the Helveticans).

  • Mike Grant

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    January 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    16 for me, serves me right for rushing them. 🙄
    That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

  • Harry Cleary

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    January 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm
    quote Mike Grant:

    16 for me, serves me right for rushing them. 🙄
    That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

    That’s mine as well Mike…16 here too, capitals are hard to distinguish.

  • Steve Morgan

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    January 22, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Mmmm embarassed, 18, Toyota and Mattel 😳

  • Gary Birch

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    January 22, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Did it on my phone last night and rushed a very poor 12 out of 20.

    Much better on the pc 😉

  • Phill Fenton

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    January 22, 2013 at 9:21 am

    20 out of 20 – but then you’ve only got my word for it 😕 😳

  • Glen Mathers

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    January 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

    8 😳

  • Jamie Wood

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    January 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

    20 Ha!


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  • Harry Cleary

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    January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am
    quote Jamie Wood:

    20 Ha!

    That’s pretty good considering you know nothing about fonts! 😀

  • Jean Oakley

    Member
    January 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    only 18 MATTEL aand TOYOTA

    just not so easy with the capitals

  • Jill Marie Welsh

    Member
    January 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    18/20
    (Got National and Toyota wrong)
    😳
    I always look for the slanty bits of Arial but this was tricky.
    Love….Jill

  • Stephen Morriss

    Member
    January 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    12/20 Couldn’t remember which t and R was arial 😳

    Did get Toyota right though (it was a guess)

    Steve

  • David Lowery

    Member
    January 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    20/20! But worked as typsetter for NatWest for 20 years and Helvetica was their font then, though not now. 🙂

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