The Difference Between Times and Times New Roman

Given my strong feelings in the matter of Helvetica v. Arial, a couple of readers have asked whether I have any opinion on Times v. Times New Roman. Both are included in Mac OS X; only Times New Roman is included on the iPhone. In short, no, I don’t care, because I can’t tell them apart. Unlike Helvetica and Arial, Times and Times New Roman are simply different digitalizations of the same original typeface.

This article posted to comp.fonts in 1994 by Charles Bigelow has a bunch of additional details on the history of Times Roman’s various digital incarnations.

Friday, 3 August 2007