Long known as one of the most popular and ubiquitous typefaces, Helvetica received an update from Monotype: Helvetica Now.
In 1957, Helvetica was developed in by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger. It boasted tall x-height, which makes it easier to read at distance, had tight spacing between letters, and offered an oblique rather than italic style, a common feature of almost all grotesque and neo-grotesque typefaces.
Introducing Helvetica Now
Helvetica Now is a new chapter in the story of perhaps the best-known typeface of all time. Available in three optical sizes—Micro, Text, and Display—every character in Helvetica Now has been redrawn and refit; with a variety of useful alternates added. Helvetica Now is described as Geometric Sans, Sans Serif.
“It has everything we love about Helvetica and everything we need for typography today. This is not a revival. This is not a restoration. This is a statement. This is Helvetica Now: for everyone, everywhere, for everything.
This is Helvetica Now: for everyone, everywhere, for everything.
This is a statement.” — Helvetica Now by Monotype
Who Designed Helvetica Now?
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. Helvetica Now was a collaborative effort involving dozens of designers and engineers in the Monotype Studio.
Among those on the design team for Helvetica Now from the Monotype Foundry: Charles Nix, Jan Hendrik Weber, Alexander Roth, Juan Villanueva, Steve Matteson, Jim Ford, Terrance Weinzierl, Tom Rickner.
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