The two combatants are in the ring. They’re both neutral typefaces designed for wide application and signage… Univers versus Helvetica, in the battle that was always destined to be.
Both fonts are identical in age and their lack of serifs, but the similarities stop there. Univers is largely a sharper and taller font, as seen in the tail of the ‘a’ and the descender of the ‘y.’ Helvetica boasts a tall X-height and a two-storied A. While Univers boasts a huge family of typestypes, Helvetica has in reserve several iterations of itself including Helvetica Textbook, Inserat, Rounded, Narrow, and Neue.
Neither combatant is without flaws. Univers doesn’t have the presence of Helvetica, since it does not come packaged on Macontish machines. However, Helvetica grapples intensely with Arial for the sans-serif spotlight.
The smackdown is ensuing as we type. One font will lay defeated, hairlines snapped and scattered around its terminals and beaks. The other will stand tall, ascenders pointing high in the sky, victorious! Which will win? Only time will tell the victor.