Alternatives to Helvetica

Slake your thirst for neutral typefaces with these unique takes on the classic sans serif.
Text from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

  1. Nimbus Sans

    by URW++

    An attempt to “avoid some of the mistakes with the old Helvetica,” in the words of URW cofounder Peter Karow.
  2. Pragmatica Web

    by ParaType

    Inspired by Neue Haas Grotesk, Pragmatica has been carefully hinted for screen rendering.
  3. Runda

    by ps Type

    Classic and simple, with weights running from light to black.
  4. FF Dagny Pro

    by FontFont

    More open counters and a slightly narrower width make FF Dagny less predictable and more readable.
  5. DejaRip

    by Anatoletype

    Subtle humanist leanings warm up this all-purpose sans serif.
  6. FF Basic Gothic Web Pro

    by FontFont

    High x-height and ample letter-spacing make FF Basic Gothic especially suitable for running text.
  7. Proxima Nova

    by Mark Simonson Studio

    Opt for a geometric sans serif with Mark Simonson’s Proxima Nova.
  8. FF Meta Web Pro

    by FontFont

    Erik Spiekerman’s FF Meta is efficient at small sizes, expressive when large.
  9. JAF Facit

    by Just Another Foundry

    Designed specifically for screen display, FacitWeb features an extra-large x-height and short, compact descenders.
  10. Myriad Pro

    by Adobe

    A humanist take on the sans serif, Myriad is more amicable than your typical grotesque. Great for both headings and paragraph text.
  11. Adelle Sans

    by TypeTogether

    Sturdy and contemporary, the sans-serif counterpart to TypeTogether's Adelle.