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A Helvetica substitute

Mar 22, 2011 at 16:20

Hi Guys, does anyone know a free font that is pretty similar to Helvetica. Alternatively is there a website that you can download Helvetica free of charge. I'm doing a project based on The Co-Op and i'm pretty sure the font they use is Helvetica. If anyone knows of some similar fonts then that would be great.

Cheers,
Ant


Mar 22, 2011 at 16:26

The best substitute for Helvetica is Arial (this two font are very close) but it's not free.


Mar 22, 2011 at 16:40



Mar 22, 2011 at 17:05

Or here in Dafont, Coolvetica, based in it: http://www.dafont.com/coolvetica.font


Mar 22, 2011 at 17:17

Thanks very much for your answers I also found Swansea on the fontface website is pretty good.


Mar 23, 2011 at 09:23

Arial is one of the default fonts of almost all operating systems. If you have an OS License, you have an arial font license


Mar 23, 2011 at 12:39

vinz said  (view post)
Arial is one of the default fonts of almost all operating systems.

Mac OS and Linux too ?


Mar 23, 2011 at 13:47

yep


Mar 23, 2011 at 17:08

No clue...


Feb 02, 2012 at 13:22

Menhir said  (view post)
vinz said  (view post)
Arial is one of the default fonts of almost all operating systems.

Mac OS and Linux too ?

No. Furthermore: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arial#Distribution


Feb 02, 2012 at 13:42

11 months... what's in this thread ?



May 21, 2012 at 20:54

the BEST alternate for helvetica is akzidenz grotesque. it's the letterform that helvetica was based on and shares many of the same qualities, including a large family


May 21, 2012 at 21:28

Alec Timerman said  (view post)
the BEST alternate for helvetica is akzidenz grotesque. it's the letterform that helvetica was based on and shares many of the same qualities, including a large family

http://thenextweb.com/dd/2012/05/17/30-of-the-best-alternatives-to-helvetica/


May 21, 2012 at 23:15

Alec Timerman said  (view post)
the BEST alternate for helvetica is akzidenz grotesque. it's the letterform that helvetica was based on and shares many of the same qualities, including a large family

This isn't an alternate of Helvetica because Helvetica is based on Akzidenz Grotesk !

Arial isn't the default font in Macs but it's included under the name "Univers ER Mac".

Neue Haas Grotesk is a digitalised version of Helvetica original metal glyphes. More like the 50's swiss grotesque font before the success of photocomposition process.

Edited on May 21, 2012 at 23:15 by MatiereBleue


May 22, 2012 at 09:51

@MatiereBleue : i said is ONE of the default font of mac os
@airtonix : ok, my bad, no linux...
@Everyone : May i remind that he was searching a font FREE OF CHARGE ?

Anyway, what's the point digging this 14 months old topic ?


Aug 06, 2012 at 20:28

I know it's an old thread but I did a study on this certain font for a project and it looked so much like Helvetica. I believe this has to be the closest. In fact, as it turned out, this was the precursor of Helvetica. It's free at ... fonts with a lot of regular variations. Kindly check it out and tell me about it. Ithink anybody looking for a font similar to Helvetica has to be this font. well it's called ... Check out the family at ... for free. I'm a novice in this but I sure can appreciate fonts and like clean, cut clear sexy undertones. in my fonts :

Edited 3 times. Last edit on Aug 07, 2012 at 00:18 by koeiekat


Aug 19, 2013 at 14:56

Hi Vinz, I have your (old) same problem. Have you found a similar free commercial font? I hope you can help my research. thanks a lot.


Jun 06, 2014 at 20:07

Hello everyone.
I suggest TeX Gyre Heros.
http://www.gust.org.pl/projects/e-foundry/tex-gyre/heros/index_html
TG Heros is a free (both as in "free beer" and in "free speech") alternate to Helvetica. It's based in Nimbus Sans L, which is supplied with GhostScript. It's metric-compatible with Arial too.
I use and recommend it.


Jun 07, 2014 at 10:39




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