Type Gallery – Helvetica

Font Designer: Linotype Design Studio, 1961
The Helvetica® font family was developed and continuously refined by the Haas’sche Schriftgiesserei AG and then D. Stempel AG. The key design concepts were drawn by Max Miedinger in 1957.
Apple and Adobe later obtained the licenses from Linotype for the Neue Helvetica® font, which is still one of the most popular typefaces worldwide.
The font Helvetica® (Latin for Swiss) has the objective and functional style which was associated with Swiss typography in the 1950s and 1960s. The font is perfect for international correspondence: no ornament, no emotion, just clear presentation of information. Helvetica font is still one of most popular sans-serif fonts.
Helvetica font, the typeface par excellence, can look back on a colorful life. Originally designed for hand composition, it has been adapted over the years for all methods of composition: from hot metal line composition, and opto-mechanical phototypesetting of the first generation, to digital typesetters.
The font 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®.
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™.
As times change, the technical requirements change that must be met by a typeface. There is also a change in what we may consider to be the beauty and suitability of a typeface.
To meet these requirements and conform to the tastes of a new generation of type users, Linotype presented the "Neue Helvetica".
Let the outstanding quality of this typeface convince you.
Download a printable sample of Helvetica as a PDF.

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