As I say in the Typeface of the week discussion on Arial, Microsoft added Arial in 1992 to their operating system and since the typeface has been used as a default sans serif. As such, it has the same overuse problems as Times New Roman. In addition, many typographers or typography lovers see Arial as a Helvetica poser (or a “shameless impostor” in “The Scourge of Arial”) and/or dislike the face. Arial became a system typeface on Macs, and some Macs users are aware of the Helvetica and Arial divide and are very pro-Helvetica. Thus, due to overuse, the typographers’’ dislike, and Macs users anti-Arial, I recommend limited use of Arial.

From Typeface of the Week: Arial—A common mimic

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