fonts.com blog
Archive for May, 2014

by Allan Haley

NeueHelveticaCompressed_Blog

Almost 50 years since it was first announced, the Helvetica Compressed suite of typefaces has been re-envisioned for digital use. Designed in 1966, by Matthew Carter, for phototypesetting, the three original typefaces have been immune to changing style or fads. The remarkable collection of designs continues to be used for advertising, packaging and other venues where a commanding design and economy of space is required. With typography showing up on more and more small screens, however, it became obvious that the faces should be updated.

Helvetica Compressed

When Linotype first asked Carter to craft the Helvetica Compressed designs, characters had to be drawn within a coarse, 18-unit system, as seen in the image to the right. Every letter was limited to being designed to fit with one to eighteen units; this limited the number of typefaces that could be designed to very narrow proportions.

Drawn by Monotype designers to complement the Neue Helvetica family, the Neue Helvetica Compressed collection of typefaces benefits from 8 weights that range from ultra light to black – mirroring those in the Neue Helvetica family and rounding out the quintessential sans serif design.

Timeless and neutral, the Neue Helvetica family is now even more versatile.

The designs are available as desktop fonts or Web fonts from the Fonts.com Web Fonts service. Learn more about – and license – the Neue Helvetica Compressed collection of typefaces.


by Ryan Arruda

Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Fonts.com Web Fonts service for April 2014:

Neue Helvetica
Trade Gothic
Avenir Next
Univers
Avenir
Proxima Nova
Frutiger
Gill Sans
Futura
DIN Next
Helvetica
Linotype Univers
Museo Sans
Museo Slab
Century Gothic
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
Klint
Chaparral
Arial
ITC Lubalin Graph
Eurostile LT
Rockwell
Azbuka
Myriad
ITC Legacy Serif
Soho Gothic
ITC Caslon No. 224
Neo Sans
VAG Rounded
ITC Century
Univers Next
Motoya Birch
Optima
ITC Franklin Gothic
ITC Legacy Square Serif
Aachen
Linotype Sketch
Neue Frutiger
Trade Gothic Next
Swiss 721
Gill Sans Infant
ITC Charter
Frutiger Next
Neue Helvetica eText
Swift
Bookman Old Style
Bodoni LT
ITC Officina Serif
Lexia
ITC Officina Sans
ITC Eras
Calibri
Humanist 777
Adobe Garamond
Auriol
PMN Caecilia
Linotype Didot
ITC Conduit
Trade Gothic Next Soft Rounded
Soho
Helvetica World
Rotis Sans Serif
Minion
ITC Stone Informal
ITC American Typewriter Hellenic
Georgia Pro
Bembo
ITC American Typewriter
Brandon Grotesque
Droid Sans Mono
Akko
Egyptienne F
C Hei 2 PRC
ITC Fenice
Eurostile Next
M Elle PRC
C Hei PRC
M Lady PRC
Slate
M Stiff Hei PRC
Monotype News Gothic
Droid Serif
Monotype Goudy
Novecento
Baskerville Classico
Adobe Caslon
Orator
Delima
Neuzeit Office Soft Rounded
Caslon Classico
Copperplate Gothic
Glypha
Francker
Twentieth Century
Bodoni
Rotis II Sans
Comic Strip
Droid Sans
Perpetua
Sackers Gothic

Great type makes sites stand out