Can you tell Arial from Helvetica?

So you think you can tell Arial from Helvetica?

This is a great little challenge, especially if you want to take a know it all graphic designer down a peg or two.

The excellent Ironic Sans team have put together a twenty question quiz, presenting well known logos in both Arial and the original Helvetica to see if you can spot the difference.

Here’s how they describe the reasons for setting up the challenge:

It seems to be the consensus that Arial is a substandard alternative to Helvetica. But just how bad is it? What if the logos we’re used to seeing in Helvetica were redone in Arial? Would you even notice if the next time you saw the American Airlines logo it was redone in Arial?  Here it is in both fonts. At a glance, can you tell which is which?

We managed a rather humbling 17 out of 20 in the quiz, but see if you can do better than us by taking the test: So you think you can tell Arial from Helvetica?

If you could only muster a feeble score,  he guys at Ironic Sans have also helpfuly included some useful links to help you spot the difference for the future:

How to Spot Arial
Arial and Helvetica overlayed
The Scourge of Arial

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