Arial vs Helvetica

Love or hate them, everyone knows these two favourites, even PC users as both cross-platform 'safe’. Introduced later (1982) Arial is more widely-used (arguably simply due to ‘PC' market dominance) but with Apple finally moving away from Lucida Grande to Helvetica Neue this unfussy and timeless font is back in vogue (as if ever left!). What’s the story behind these two polarising typeface designs? Here’s the scoop. What’s your favourite?