"It was created to be metrically identical to the popular typeface Helvetica, with all character widths identical, so that a document designed in Helvetica could be displayed and printed correctly without having to pay for a Helvetica license."
A = Angled = Arial
H = Horizontal = Helvetica
Some of the capitals (C, S) have that, too.
Similarly, lowercase r ends vertically in Helvetica, slanted in Arial.
Ultimately, the Helvetica versions "felt right", and that probably contributed to my lucky guesses. A more challenging test would be to compare samples not associated with well-known brands.
Unrelated, you used to see ridiculous amounts of quiz's being shared on Facebook only a few years ago and they seem to have all but disappeared. They where obviously shady in some aspect (maybe some kind of data collection), did something actually happen to them or did people just get bored?
Did you not at least look at what you got right or wrong for the answer before to improve? Getting 3/20 seems a bit too low.
I also had no idea of the difference, but got most right by choosing the one that looked "wrong" to me, that one was usually helvetica. Someone above suggested the prevalence of arial makes it look more normal.
Helvetica just looks more 'solid' sitting there on the page. Not only is the font a bit heavier, but the kerning is also tighter. Arial's curves and lines look like a 15 year old who thinks anime art is cool drew them.
Arial is an awful font that I wish never had been born.
The lowercase a is a dead giveaway.
They're fairly easy to differentiate. The curved ends (finials) of e, c, C, r, S, s are generally horizontal in Helvetica and at an angle in Arial.
The tail of the uppercase R and ascender of the lowercase t are the biggest giveaways.
Funny how they are so similar, but Arial is pretty tacky in comparison...
When looking at uppercase I could see such a difference in kerning, Arial just can't get it right.
Just look for the neatest font, with the straightest endings on curved ends e.g. r c g etc
Arial has angled caps, Helvetica are straighter.
(EDIT: Okay, yes, technically 11/20 is slightly better than chance - but really, no.
Cumulative probability P(X >= x) = 0.41 )
At least I'm consistent, but I guess I got them the other way around.
c's and t's are a giveaway, Mattel and Toyota logo are easy to tell if you pay attention to the font weight.
Bravo to the author, the logos were recreated faithfully
And perpendicular cuts on all C/c/S/s/e/G/g
['t', 'R', 'a', 's', 'S', 'c', 'C', 'g', 'G'] are the easiest to spot IMHO. You can get most of these with the lowercase c alone
Indeed, although TBH I only noticed at the second to last one!
I guess 5 capital letters wouldn't've been enough for the owners of Helvetica to have made a case
To the quiz creator: There's an (R) trademark missing in the imitation "Staples" logo which is a giveaway.
What I think is interesting is that Helvetica just looks better to me, despite them bein very similiar.
Only missed Mattel and Staples.
> the stupid slanted end bits on letters like c s and r are also really crap.
> Arial is an awful font that I wish never had been born.
> What the hell were they smoking when they made the t and G?
Like, I wish Hitler had never been born. Arial can stick around, haha.