> From: Michael Everson <[log in to unmask]>
> At 10:02 -0500 2003-11-21, Michael Brady wrote:
> >Who designed Arial and when?
> Robin Nicgholas and Patricia Saunders, according to
Robin Nicholas according to R. Nicholas himself.
And there is the www.agfamonotype.co.uk site.
R. Nicholas is still the head of the Monotype studio, P. Saunders has retired.
And, indeed, they worked together alongside at Redhill.
I remember the times when we had to buy the Arial Mac PS fonts.
Forgot the reason.
Inexperience of ourselves (substituting Helv. for Arial) or our printer's ?
The Times and Arial fonts provided with lots of softs and machines have maybe
much to do with the funny precept one generation of subs and layout guys got
from teachers, i.e., for titles use a sans, for the text, use a serif (or
vice-versa, examples being given in Arial or Times).
Monotype has certainly not started doing look-alikes.
As for plain copy, see for ex. the Brit. and _American_ Caslon fonts.
Lots of punches have been cut that way, imitating more or less grossly.
And this discussion looks like some kind of troll, now.
Was Helvetica the _Grotesque Next_ of the times ? ;-)