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System fonts – choose wisely

I've always known Arial makes me uncomfortable, but could never quite put my finger on "why". Spend some time on Matthew Butterick's "Practical Typography" and instantly learn something you didn't know before about Typography.

But to ty­pog­ra­phers, Ar­i­al con­tains none of the con­sis­ten­cy and bal­ance that makes Hel­veti­ca suc­cess­ful. For in­stance, the ends of the low­er­case a, c, e, g, s, and t in Hel­veti­ca are ex­act­ly hor­i­zon­tal. In Ar­i­al, those ends are sloped ar­bi­trar­i­ly. Read­ing Ar­i­al is like try­ing to have din­ner on a tip­py restau­rant table.

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Graphic designer turned tech-geek (or was that the other way around?). Web developer for the front-end and the rear.