world famous helvetica font gets a makeover for first time in 35 years
 

world famous helvetica font gets a makeover for first time in 35 years

the world’s oldest type company has redesigned the world’s most ubiquitous typeface. after two years spent trying to improve what is probably the most iconic swiss font, monotype imaging holdings (also known as monotype) has given helvetica a refresh. it’s called helvetica now and it’s available for licensing.

world famous helvetica font gets a makeover for first time in 35 years helvetica now designboom

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this is the first time helvetica has been updated in over 35 years. the sans-serif typeface developed was originally developed in 1957 by swiss typeface designer max miedinger and has since gone through several iterations: most notably it was digitized in 1983 as neue helvetica in order to unify its structure, weights and widths.

world famous helvetica font gets a makeover for first time in 35 years helvetica now designboom

 

 

‘helvetica now’ is a collaborative effort involving dozens of designers and engineers in the monotype studio. the planning and design for helvetica now began in december 2014, with the goal of creating a helvetica that addresses the needs of today’s designers and creatives. the font is available in three optical sizes—micro, text, and display—with every character redrawn and refit; with a variety of useful alternates added.

world famous helvetica font gets a makeover for first time in 35 years helvetica now designboom

 

 

its ‘micro’ version is for small screens, ‘display’ is for signage, and ‘text’ is for more standard sizes in written materials. each of these options has been drawn and spaced differently as a result. you can try helvetica now for yourself here.

world famous helvetica font gets a makeover for first time in 35 years helvetica now designboom

world famous helvetica font gets a makeover for first time in 35 years helvetica now designboom

world famous helvetica font gets a makeover for first time in 35 years helvetica now designboom

  • Helvetica now is wow.

    Gavin O'Brien

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