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Helvetica And Some Free Alternatives to Helvetica

| June 2, 2013 More



Even though I’m no typographer bur rather a newbie designer, there’s always been ‘something’ about the Helvetica typeface. Maybe it’s because Helvetica was first font that I had to engage with as a designer. Seemingly interesting is it’s simplicity and it’s cleanliness.  It is quite old for that matter… a classic.

It is also quite interesting that in this era of modern, grunge, jazzy Web 2.0 type fonts Helvetica still survives and not only survives but maintains it’s poise. It has been able to remain one of the most popular and sought out font till now. I am sure there are any graphic designers who have not used the Helvetica font or one of its alternative till now.

Helvetica has a long history to it. Helvetica has completed 52 years till now and also has a film based on itself. By the age, we can say it is a classic. The Helvetica typeface was developed(or I may say designed) by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffmann in 1957. It was designed to compete with Akzidenz-Grotesk (another simple, clean and classic font) in the Swiss market at that time. I think at that time it was named something else ( something with the name Grotesk along with it) afterwards in 1960 it was changed to Helvetica. They are many variants to the Helvetica family some of which are Helvetica Narrow,Helvetica Compressed, Helvetica Light etc.

The main problem comes here, Helvetica fonts are expensive. But designers (and web browsers) love the simplicity of Helvetica. So they simply use the free alternatives that look quite similar to Helvetica. These alternatives to Helvetica may not be better than the original font but still do come quite close.

Here are some Helvetica look-alike fonts that you may want to use in your next project:

Anson | Download

Aaargh, Normal | Download

Brie Light | Download

Castorgate | Download

Cicle Fina | Download

Coolvetica | Download

Cyrvetica | Download

FolksDecoon-Light | Download

Fudd | Download

GemFont One | Download

GeosansLight | Download

Goulong | Download

HeldustryFT Regular | Download

Josef Pro | Download

Junien | Download

LondonMM | Download

Luzern | Download

Mank Sans | Download

Nova Regular | Download

Oceania | Download

Print Clearly | Download

Quicksand | Download

Redring 1969 | Download

Sansation Regular | Download

Strait | Download

Street – Plain | Download

Vegur Regular | Download

Walkway Bold | Download

X360 by Redge | Download

Zag | Download

You may also notice that Arial is also an alternative of Helvetica.

P.S: All the font links have been updated since we had got complaints that all the font links were directing to the same file. We apologize for the inconvenience


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Kori is the editor and owner of Netchunks, a premier blog about Webmaster and Blogging Tips. She intends to make the web a friendlier place by sharing info and articles which will help other webmasters and bloggers to become successful online.

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    Well great post … thank’s

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  4. Amelia Hams says:

    Great Stuff! Excellent alternative available here. i am aware about the Helvetica textbook i.e. Helvetica Textbook is an alternate design of the typeface. Some characters such as 1, 4, 6, 9, I, J, a, f, j, q, t, u, μ, and ¶ are drawn differently from the original version.

  5. Thank you for providing a list of alternatives. I particularly like the Oceania font, although in my writing I mainly use Georgia for texts and Tahoma for titles and headlines.

  6. Mike says:

    I like some of those alternatives. I have a site in mind for Brie Light
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