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I can't stay calm when you use Arial for that.
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Here's a weird thing:

There's a booth in the Blue Banana in Kensington Market that sells those "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters that are popular of late. I took both of these pictures in that booth today:

Keep Calm Keep Calm and Use Arial

The same poster, the same colors, the same price, but one is inexplicably set in Arial instead of being a reproduction of the original poster. What?

And of all things to redo it in, Arial?

Also, for those of you who grimace at that, here's a bonus:


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At least that thing just before the S in the last picture wasn't an apostrophe.

I guess they couldn't afford $19 for the font.

I honestly can't tell the difference.
(except one has more spacing between the glyphs..)

Edited at 2009-03-02 04:29 am (UTC)

Re: not a font dork

I didn't really see it either when mendel started talking about it in the store. But two things jump out at me (not a font dork either): the k's look different, and the r's look different.

Re: not a font dork

Check out the "K" and "M", for instance. The "R" is what caught my eye, but that's because the "R" is one shortcut for telling Arial from Helvetica -- so I can spot an Arial "R" at some distance.

rpkrajewski has it, though -- Gill Sans, the font of the original, projects "wartime England", and using a typeface that hadn't been designed yet when the poster was produced is grating, especially when it would be easy to use the right one.

Especially since it's ostensibly a reproduction!

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