Type Gallery – Neue Helvetica
When first applying hot metal Helvetica™ to photocomposition, coresponding character widths were maintained in both the regular and the bold versions even for the wider characters.
When adapting Helvetica to the 54-unit system, which allows for delicate refinements, a number of characters in the bold version, such as capital M, have been given an extended width, for aesthetic reasons.
There are subtle changes in many details.
Wider bars in lower case t and f throughout the whole family add to their legibility, especially in the smaller sizes.
Lower case r rends in a longer curve for easy recognition even in such critical character combinations as narrow-set rn.
We have also redesigned such difficult combinations as Æ and Œ.
For increased harmony with the overall appearance of the Helvetica face, round characters have been given softer curves.