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.
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.