My previous post on alternatives to Helvetica that are available on Google Fonts got a lot of attention, so I thought I could write the same post but for people who use Adobe Fonts (previously Typekit).
Typekit was an online font service, similar to Google Fonts, which offers a subscription-based access to high-quality fonts. It was officially renamed to Adobe Fonts in October of 2018.
With the name change, various improvements to the service have been made. The quality of the Adobe Fonts library has also improved dramatically over the last few years.
In today’s post, I highlight some of the best Helvetica-like fonts available on the service.
Please note that Adobe Fonts is not available as a standalone product like Typekit was, so you will need a subscription to Creative Cloud to use the service.
Alright! Let’s dive right in.
Acumin — Described as a Helvetica for readers, Acumin is a neo-grotesque that performs beautifully at display sizes but also maintains an exceptional degree of sensitivity for text size.
Acumin is available in a huge variety of weights with matching italics in wide, normal, semi-condensed, condensed and extra condensed widths.
Aktiv Grotesk — A grotesque sans-serif typeface. It is described by many designers as a “Helvetica killer” and is available in various weights with matching italics.
FF Dagny — A sans-serif typeface designed by Swedish designers. FF Dagny was originally developed from DN Grotesk for the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The family is available in 6 weights with matching italic styles.
Neue Haas Grotesk
Neue Haas Grotesk — Neue Haas Grotesk was Helvetica’s original name. It was designed by Christian Schwartz as an attempt to bring back the original Helvetica typeface.
Neue Haas Grotesk is available in eight weights—ultra thin, thin, extralight, light, regular, medium, bold and black—each with matching italics.
Neue Haas Unica
Neue Haas Unica — A neo-grotesque sans-serif typeface designed by Toshi Omagari as an alternative for Helvetica and published through Monotype.
The family is available in nine weights—ultra light, thin, light, regular, medium, bold, heavy, black and extrablack—each with matching italic styles.
Nimbus Sans — A neo-grotesque sans-serif typeface designed by German studio URW. Nimbus Sans is based on Helvetica and is available in a huge variety of weights.
Pragmatica — A sans-serif typeface designed by Vladimir Yefimov and published through ParaType. Pragmatica is available in seven weights with matching italic styles in normal, condensed and extended widths.
Proxima Nova — A popular sans-serif typeface described as a hybrid of Futura and classic sans faces. The family is available in seven weights—thin, light, regular, semibold, bold, extrabold and black—each with matching italics as well as small caps styles and condensed and extra condensed widths.
Proxima Nova is an excellent font and a good alternative to Helvetica but unfortunately, is a bit overused on the web.
Franklin Gothic URW
Franklin Gothic URW — Named after Benjamin Franklin, this grotesque sans-serif typeface has a classic “newspaper” feel to it which makes it a great font for editorial usage and a solid Helvetica alternative.
Franklin Gothic URW comes in 5 weights—light, book, medium, demi and heavy—with matching italics as well as additional widths.
Runda — A sans-serif typeface designed by Mark Caneso in 2010 and published through ps Type.
Runda is available in five weights—light, regular, medium, bold and black—with matching italics.
Bonus #1: Halyard
Halyard — A sans-serif typeface whom design was inspired by a wide range of grotesques from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The family comes in three distinct optical sizes—Halyard Display, Halyard Text and Halyard Micro—with each available in eight weights with matching italics.
Bonus #2: URW Din
URW Din — A sans-serif typeface that could possibly be used in any context. Even in small point, URW DIN maintains its readability on various supports, which is useful when conveying a clear message.
URW Din is available in a huge variety of weights with matching italic styles in normal, semi-condensed and condensed widths.
Bonus #3: Neuzeit Grotesk
Neuzeit Grotesk — A modest, linear and geometric sans-serif font originally designed by Wilhelm C. Pischner.
Neuzit Grotesk comes in 4 weights—light, regular, bold and black—with 2 extra widths—condensed and extra-condensed but with no matching italics.
Looking for Helvetica-like fonts on Google Fonts?
I made another list of top 10 Helvetica alternatives on Google Fonts.
Check it out!