When we look back at black and white movies, we marvel at the results they could achieve without color. Despite this, we can agree color film was a good invention: you can still shoot in black and white, but color gives an extra dimension and opens up a lot of new avenues for those who want to use it.
Similarly, it sometimes feel like the web is only just emerging from the black-and-white era as far as typography is concerned.
After a decade of Arial and Verdana, designers have settled on Helvetica as the new standard. But there’s a whole world of fonts waiting to be explored out there, and while there’s nothing wrong with Helvetica, it pays to at least be aware of the alternatives.