Sunday, 8 November 2015
Off-Topic: Arial Design Error
It's amazing, utterly amazing! After 24 years, am I still the only person who's noticed the design error in the capital S of the Arial fonts bundled with Microsoft Windows? It might not be obvious by just looking at the single letter above. We need to compare it with the letter C.
That makes it obvious, doesn't it? The final cuts of the letters S and C are at different diagonal angles. In case that doesn't convince you, look at the small letters.
The design error in the capital S is present in all non-italic versions of the Arial typeface. It's most apparent in Arial Bold.
In comparison, look at Arial Italic. The capital S is perfect. Everything matches. Why couldn't the same care have been taken with the other fonts?
P.S. I already pointed out this design error in my review of the documentary "Helvetica" two years ago, but I thought I would repeat it because I searched on the web yesterday and found no mention of the error anywhere, apart from the post I had written myself. There are many typeface experts who make general complaints about the quality of Arial in comparison to Helvetica, but none who point out this specific error.