Grotesque sans serifs

These sans serifs don't have a strong relationship to calligraphy. Their shapes and proportions are fairly uniform, with low stroke contrast. Round shapes are more oval than circular and x-height is usually large. Often better for paragraphs than geometrics, but not as good as humanists.
Text from Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  1. Franklin Gothic URW

    by URW++

    Designed by Morris Fuller Benton in the early 1900s as the ultimate workhorse sans serif.
  2. FF Basic Gothic Web Pro

    by FontFont

    With wide, loose spacing, FF Basic Gothic is optimized for readable paragraphs. The letters are stripped down — willful, but pleasant.
  3. Alternate Gothic No. 1 D

    by URW++

    A condensed width with flat sides for packing tight headlines. Designed in 1903, this gothic offers a slightly retro but sturdy look.
  4. FF Dagny Pro

    by FontFont

    Open forms and a slightly narrower width make FF Dagny less predictable and more readable than overused grotesques like Helvetica and Arial.
  5. Katarine Web

    by Suitcase Type Foundry

    With jaunty diagonal strokes and rounded endings, this is an unusually affable grotesque. It’s condensed without sacrificing readability.
  6. LFT Etica Display

    by TypeTogether

    Fusing grotesque and humanist traits, LFT Etica retains the versatility of “cold” sans serifs like Helvetica, but with a much warmer feel.
  7. Nimbus Sans

    by URW++

    URW's take on Helvetica, with "corrected" italics and other attempted fixes. Nimbus Sans offers multiple weights in three different widths.
  8. News Gothic Std

    by Adobe Originals

    Morris Fuller Benton's successor to Franklin Gothic with less stroke contrast and a plainer, narrower build.
  9. Pragmatica

    by ParaType

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

    by ps Type

    Classic and simple, with weights running from light to black.