A for Arial

The curious history of a font from the heyday of Microsoft Word

Here’s one for Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Arial was once called Sonoran San Serif.

How different would the user experience of Microsoft Word been if the name had not been changed? Would we even have known about Arial if it hadn’t been one of the very first fonts on offer in the drop-down menu?

Princess Ariel and Sebastian (© Disney Corporation) probably prefer Helvetica