The uncluttered lines of these sans serif fonts are perennial favorites that designers turn to again and again. Within each grouping are many varieties and renditions, some more suitable than others for body copy. These classic sans serif fonts are presented in alphabetical order because few designers and typography buffs can agree on a ranking.
A popular choice for newspaper work, the various weights give this sans serif font great versatility and the condensed versions maintain high legibility in tight spaces.
This clean, legible sans serif font from Adrian Frutiger was originally designed for signage but works quite well for text and display. It was drawn with a certain subtle unevenness that produced a font that is warmer, friendlier than Helvetica and other early sans serifs. As with most classics, there are many versions of Frutiger.
Longer ascenders and descenders than many similiar text sans serif faces plus its geometric consistency help give Futura its elegant and practical appearance. It comes in many weights and makes a handsome font choice for text and display use.
One of the most popular and confusing typefaces, this san serif font was originally designed by Max Miedinger in 1957. The introduction of Helvetica Neue brought some order to the chaos with more design consistency among the various weights that had developed throughout the 60s and 70s. Helvetica works well for many applications from body text to billboards.
- How many Helvetica versions are there?
- Helvetica Complete Family Pack (Buy Direct)
- Neue Helvetica Pro Complete Family Pack (Buy Direct)
- Helvetica Value Pack (Buy Direct)
Not Helvetica: Some of the fonts that look like Helvetica or are very similiar are Arial, Aristocrat, CG Tiumvirate, Claro, Corvus, Europa Grotesk, Geneva 2, Hamilton, Helio/II, Helv, Helvette, Holsatia, Megaron/II, Nimbus Sans URW, Spectra, Vega, Newton, Sans URW, Sonoran Sans Serif, Swiss, Swiss 721 BT, Switzerland, Swiss 911 BT (Helvetica Compressed), Impact and Placard Bold and Swiss 921 BT (Helvetica Inserat/Compressed), Arial Narrow (Helvetica Narrow). There are probably many others.
Similiar to the ever-popular Helvetica, there are 21 typefaces in Adrian Frutiger's Univers family. The full range of consistently developed weights makes it a versatile sans serif font choice that mixes and matches well for text and display.