Helvetica™ is one of the most famous and popular typefaces in the world. It lends an air of lucid efficiency to any typographic message with its clean, no-nonsense shapes.
The original typeface was called Haas Grotesk, and was designed in 1957 by Max Miedinger for the Haas’sche Schriftgiesserei (Haas Type Foundry) in Switzerland. In 1960 the name was changed to Helvetica (an adaptation of “Helvetia”, the Latin name for Switzerland).
Over the years, the Helvetica family was expanded to include many different weights, but these were not as well coordinated with each other as they might have been. In 1983, D. Stempel AG and Linotype re-designed and digitized Neue Helvetica and updated it into a cohesive font family. The numbering system describes Helvetica’s characteristics and is similar to the numbering system of the Univers family.
Whats different in Neue Helvetica font?
Refinement of the 54-unit system and the spacing.
Its subtly shaded range offers you a much larger choice of weights and versions.
Uniform, delicately refined stylistic features have been maintained in all three versions, the condensed, the regular and the extended.
The cap height is the same throughout the entire family.
The x-height is the same in all weights, because it increases as the stroke thickness increases.
There is more emphasis on the punctuation marks, for even better results in reproduction.
New numbering system for your easy reference.
Each weight and version has its own number.
The font Neue Helvetica™ combines well with:
Fonts with Old Face proportions, like Palatino®, Trump Mediaeval™, Versailles™, Wilke™.
Fonts with Modern Face proportions, like Linotype Centennial®, Walbaum.
Slab serif fonts like Egyptienne F™, Rockwell™ Script.
Brush fonts like Brush Script, Ruling Script™, Salto™.
Black letters like Duc de Berry™, Wittenberger Fraktur™.
Fun fonts like Linotype Animalia™, Linotype Red Babe™, Linotype Seven™, Linotype Sjablony™.
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