Arial font is a sans-serif typeface which is sometimes marketed or displayed in software as Arial MT and set of computer fonts. Arial fonts are packed with all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 3.1 onwards, some other Microsoft software applications, Apple Mac OS X and many PostScript 3 computer printers. The typeface was designed in 1982 by a 10-person team, led by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders, for Monotype Typography.
The Arial font family was created to be metrically identical to the popular typeface Helvetica, comprised with all character widths identical. Arial Typeface consists of many different styles: Regular, Italic, Medium Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, Black, Black Italic, Extra Bold, Extra Bold Italic, Light, Light Italic, Narrow, Narrow Italic, Narrow Bold, Narrow Bold Italic, Condensed, Light Condensed, Bold Condensed, and Extra Bold Condensed.
Arial is a neo-grotesque typeface: a design based on the influence of nineteenth-century sans-serifs, but made more regular and even to be more suited to continuous body text and to form a cohesive family of fonts.
The extended Arial type family includes more styles: Rounded (Light, Regular, Bold, Extra Bold); Monospaced (Regular, Oblique, Bold, Bold Oblique). Many of these have been issued in multiple font configurations with different degrees of language support.
Arial Alternative Fonts
The below fonts are highly popular and almost similar typeface to Arial fonts in kerning, shapes, glyphs, styles and character sets. Some fonts provide free license options for personal use and some provides free license both for personal and commercial use.
There are about 18 Arial fonts are available to download for free which come with Arial, Arial Narrow, Arial Bold, Italics, Thin and Condensed fonts.