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by Allan Haley

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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.

Allan Haley
Allan Haley is Director of Words & Letters at Monotype Imaging. Here he is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation of just about everything related to typeface designs.



by Chris Roberts

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for June 2013:

Neue Helvetica
Proxima Nova
Trade Gothic
Futura
Gill Sans
Helvetica
Univers
DIN Next
Avenir
Avenir Next
Neue Frutiger
Frutiger
Linotype Univers
Frutiger Next
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
Trade Gothic Next
Humanist 777
Century Gothic
Futura T
Museo Sans
Univers Next
News Gothic
Adobe Caslon
Neue Helvetica
Neo Sans
Optima
Linotype Didot
Avenir Next
Baskerville Classico
Bembo
Arial
Agilita
Rockwell
Monotype News Gothic
DIN 1451
PMN Caecilia
ITC Franklin Gothic
VAG Rounded
Bodoni LT
Soho
Myriad
Brandon Grotesque
ITC Garamond
ITC Lubalin Graph
Corporate S
Helvetica Monospaced
ITC Conduit
News Gothic No.2
New Century Schoolbook
Twentieth Century
Soho Gothic
Neue Haas Grotesk
Sabon
Abadi
Gill Sans Infant
Adelle
Trade Gothic Next Soft Rounded
ITC Officina Sans
Times
Bembo Infant MT
ITC Century
Palatino
Neue Helvetica eText
Sackers Gothic
Klint
Frutiger Serif
Eurostile LT
Letter Gothic
Calibri
Neue Helvetica Arabic
Laurentian
Eurostile Next
Harmonia Sans
Bauer Bodoni
Camphor
Helvetica World
Garamond 3
Akko
Museo Slab
Memo
Adobe Garamond
ITC Franklin
ITC Fenice
Clarendon
Yakout
Effra
Minion
Novecento
MSung
New Caledonia
Monotype Baskerville
Plantin
Sassoon Sans
Museo
Ascender Serif
Compacta
Slate
Cachet
ITC Officina Serif
Aachen


by Ryan Arruda

With over 20 million active users, Spotify is an emerging leader in the field of streaming music services. With a robust collection of companion apps available, Spotify music can also be accessed through a litany of digital devices — from computers, to smartphones, to tablets.

The Spotify website features utilizes Linotype’s Neue Helvetica typeface family quite extensively — the site’s navigation is set small in the stout, bold weight of the design, while body text is set in the extremely legible light style.

Customer Spotlight: Spotify

The site employs visually impressive parallax scrolling — full screen photographs contrast nicely when alternated with quiet swaths of white space and nicely set type.

Headlines set the thin weight of the Neue Helvetica family provides a nice balance of scale and proportion in relation to the other type elements on the site. Additionally, setting the headlines in a bright lime green reveals that even supposedly humorless neo-grotesque typefaces can, indeed, possess a more ebullient spirit.

The Neue Helvetica family is an indispensable tool for all designers, and is available in over 50 styles — from ultra light to black weights, as well as regular, condensed, and extended widths.

The Neue Helvetica collection is available through the Fonts.com Web Fonts service, and for desktop licensing as well.

Ryan Arruda
Ryan Arruda is the Web Content Strategist at Monotype Imaging. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies from Clark University, and an MFA in graphic design from RISD.


 


by Ryan Arruda

First established in 1958 as International House of Pancakes, IHOP is a national restaurant chain known for their food, friendly atmosphere, and iconic blue A-frame buildings. While their namesake pancake dishes and breakfast specialties are perhaps most well-known, IHOP serves all manner of fare in over 1,500 restaurants — with locations in all 50 states.

The IHOP website extensively features the Helvetica Rounded Bold designs. While the Helvetica family consists of typefaces normally heralded as being beautifully neutral, the rounded strokes of its compatriot transform the otherwise unemotional design into one bursting with jovial liveliness. Headlines and subheads are set in the regular width of the typeface, while the site’s top navigation employs the condensed version. The use of white Helvetica Rounded Bold type upon a bright blue background provides the site additional levity – echoing the family friendly atmosphere of its locations, both type and image render the IHOP website warm and inviting.

Fonts.com features six rounded styles of Helvetica — bold, black, and bold condensed, each with a matching oblique. The entire breadth of the Helvetica family is available in 34 styles for Web use through the Fonts.com Web Fonts Service, and for desktop licensing as well.

Ryan Arruda
Ryan Arruda is the Web Content Strategist at Monotype Imaging. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies from Clark University, and an MFA in graphic design from RISD.



by Chris Roberts

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for July 2012:

Neue Helvetica
Futura
Trade Gothic
Neue Frutiger
Avenir Next
Frutiger
Helvetica
Avenir
Gill Sans
DIN Next
Univers
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
PMN Caecilia
New Century Schoolbook
Neo Sans
Trade Gothic Next
Linotype Univers
Memo
Times
Frutiger Next
Harmonia Sans
Arial
Neue Helvetica Arabic
Garamond 3
DIN 1451
Linotype Didot
ITC Officina Sans
VAG Rounded
Twentieth Century
Slate
Monotype News Gothic
Yakout
Frutiger Serif
Century Gothic
Soho
Bauer Bodoni
Rockwell
Sackers Gothic
ITC Lubalin Graph
Glypha
Calibri
Soho Gothic
Eurostile LT
ITC Garamond
Aachen
Laurentian
MHei
Egyptian Slate
Agilita
Plate Gothic MT
Optima
ITC Franklin Gothic
Heisei Kaku Gothic
Cachet
Plantin
Clearface Gothic MT
Clarendon
Monotype Garamond
Futura T
Akko
ITC American Typewriter
M Hei Simplified Chinese
ITC Conduit
Serifa
ITC Officina Serif
Klint
Abadi
Monotype Grotesque
ITC Stone Informal
ITC Legacy Serif
M Hei Traditional Chinese
News Gothic
Stymie
Neue Helvetica eText
TB Kaku Gothic
FB Cham Blue
Neuzeit Office
Neue Haas Grotesk
Ocean Sans
Amasis
Monotype Modern
Eurostile Next
Camphor
Bell
Adelle
MSung
Baskerville
ITC Franklin
Georgia
Bembo
Gazette
Consolas
Andale Mono
Droid Sans Mono
Museo
Calvert
P22 Underground
Wiesbaden Swing
Rotis Sans Serif
Mitra


by Ryan Arruda

With the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games commencing today, we thought it interesting to explore the typography of Team USA and Team Great Britain’s websites, both of which feature selections from the Fonts.com Web Fonts service.

Adorned in a red, white, blue, gray and gold palette, Team USA’s site features a tiled interface of images overlaid with text set in Linotype’s Neue Helvetica 45 Light typeface. These lean letterforms are also contrasted with an abundance of more visually robust type used on the site; for example, the main navigation of the site features the Neue Helvetica 97 Black Condensed typeface, while rollover images are set in the family’s bold weight.

The site also features a herculean typeface family—ITC’s Aachen—used in supplemental headlines, and whose monolith-sized numerals count down the number of days until the start of the games. In addition, the Team USA word mark is certainly not shy either; its typographic weight presents an inherent confidence, while the angular construction of the letterforms project a keen strength and stability. Confidence, strength, and stability—perhaps fitting axioms for both athletes and typography alike.

London being the host of this year’s games, for comparison we can look at the typography of Team Great Britain’s website. Like Team USA, Great Britain’s web presence features large typography overlaid atop a series of images. Rather than employ the Grotesque Sans or Slab Serif styles of the Neue Helvetica and Aachen typeface families, respectively, Team GB’s site eschews these forms for the affable Geometric Sans style of the ITC Avant Garde Gothic type family.

The website’s navigation employs the face’s medium weight, while headlines are set in both demi bold and bold styles. Despite only using the ITC Avant Garde Gothic type family for a majority of the site, the breadth and balance of the contrasting weights creates a pleasant visual hierarchy.

Interestingly enough, it should be noted that Team USA utilizes typefaces named for (and embodying) the Swiss ethos, as well as those crafted by two British designers who named the fonts after a German city. Conversely, Team Great Britain uses a typeface family inspired by the work of an American graphic design legend.

Even if nothing more than coincidence, through these typographic examples we can discover a metaphor for the the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange the games strive to foster.


by Chris Roberts

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for June 2012:

Neue Helvetica
Trade Gothic
Futura
Frutiger
Gill Sans
Avenir
Helvetica
DIN Next
Univers
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
Neue Frutiger
Avenir Next
New Century Schoolbook
PMN Caecilia
Trade Gothic Next
Linotype Univers
Neo Sans
Times
Neue Helvetica Arabic
DIN 1451
Linotype Didot
Arial
Frutiger Next
Harmonia Sans
Slate
VAG Rounded
Garamond 3
Memo
Yakout
Monotype News Gothic
Soho
Bauer Bodoni
Frutiger Serif
Sackers Gothic
Laurentian
ITC Officina Sans
Rockwell
Gothic
Futura T
Heisei Kaku Gothic
Cachet
Eurostile LT
Glypha
Soho Gothic
ITC Franklin Gothic
Akko
Century Gothic
Egyptian Slate
ITC Lubalin Graph
Plate Gothic MT
Monotype Grotesque
ITC Legacy Serif
Monotype Garamond
Calibri
Optima
Museo
Plantin
Neue Helvetica eText
Adelle
Neue Haas Grotesk
ITC Officina Serif
Clarendon
Aachen
Ocean Sans
News Gothic
ITC Stone Informal
Amasis
ITC Garamond
Consolas
Andale Mono
Droid Sans Mono
Bell
Monotype Modern
Klint
Azbuka
ITC Conduit
ITC American Typewriter
ITC Franklin
Wiesbaden Swing
MYuppy
Baskerville
Impact
Eurostile Next
Georgia
Linotype Feltpen
Camphor
Mitra
Gazette
P22 Underground
ITC Caslon No. 224
Calvert
Bembo
Rotis Sans Serif
Neuzeit Office
Memphis
Serifa
Agilita
Abadi
Janson Text
Loft


by Ryan Arruda

TED is known worldwide for providing a myriad of programs featuring innovative and influential speakers from a wide swath of disciplines. TED-Ed is an extension of that mission of disseminating knowledge, focused specifically on assisting educators with interactive teaching materials; whereas the TED motto is Ideas Worth Spreading, the mission of TED-Ed is Lessons Worth Sharing.

The TED-Ed website features the Neue Helvetica typeface family extensively, employing it for both the masthead, navigation, and section headlines.

The main navigation bar features Neue Helvetica 65 Medium, while the secondary navigation uses the typeface’s light weight. The core of the site features a series of illustrations, with one panel featuring text set in Neue Helvetica 25 Ultra Light which changes to red when moused over, a nice touch indeed.Ted-Ed Homepage
The most captivating aspect of the homepage is hidden at first glance. When moused over, the site’s illustrations reveal headlines set in Neue Helvetica 45 Light, which are knocked out of a slightly transparent field of color. Two small subheads set in Neue Helvetica 75 Bold balance the text arrangement quite nicely.

While Neue Helvetica provides an apt counterpoint to the more expressive illustrations on the TED-Ed site, it serves as a greater reminder that, yes, while Neue Helvetica is a stalwart typeface for presenting information cleanly or matter-of-factly, when consciously paired with color it also can embody a more sprightly character.

Neue Helvetica is available in over 50 Web font varieties, ranging in weights and widths from Ultra Light Condensed to Black Extended.

 


by Chris Roberts

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for May 2012:

Neue Helvetica
Trade Gothic
Futura
DIN Next
Frutiger
Gill Sans
Avenir
Helvetica
Univers
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
Neue Frutiger
Futura T
Slate
Trade Gothic Next
New Century Schoolbook
PMN Caecilia
Avenir Next
Neo Sans
DIN 1451
Linotype Didot
ITC Lubalin Graph
Linotype Univers
Frutiger Next
Arial
Garamond 3
VAG Rounded
Neue Helvetica Arabic
Harmonia Sans
Times
Monotype News Gothic
Yakout
Bauer Bodoni
Soho
Heisei Kaku Gothic
Laurentian
Soho Gothic
Gothic
Rockwell
Eurostile LT
Egyptian Slate
Cachet
Glypha
ITC Franklin Gothic
Memo
Century Gothic
Monotype Grotesque
Plantin
Akko
Camphor
Neue Helvetica eText
Sackers Gothic
Plate Gothic MT
News Gothic
ITC Officina Sans
Clarendon
ITC Stone Informal
Monotype Modern
Aachen
Ocean Sans
Amasis
FB Han Gothic
Bell
ITC American Typewriter
Azbuka
Consolas
Andale Mono
MYuppy
Droid Sans Mono
Frutiger Serif
Eurostile Next
Linotype Feltpen
Walbaum
Optima
ITC Garamond
Mitra
Wiesbaden Swing
Baskerville
Neue Haas Grotesk
Adelle
ITC Conduit
Bembo
Monotype Garamond
Impact
ITC Kabel
ITC Franklin
Neuzeit Office
Calibri
Rotis Sans Serif
Gazette
ITC Legacy Serif
Klint
ITC Officina Serif
Abadi
ITC Caslon No. 224
Loft
Museo
Neo Tech
Calvert
P22 Underground
Bodoni LT


by Chris Roberts

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for March 2012:

Trade Gothic
Neue Helvetica
DIN Next
Futura
Avenir
Frutiger
Helvetica
Trade Gothic Next
Gill Sans
New Century Schoolbook
Neue Frutiger
Univers
PMN Caecilia
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
DIN 1451
ITC Lubalin Graph
Avenir Next
Neo Sans
Camphor
Futura T
Heisei Kaku Gothic
Linotype Didot
Monotype News Gothic
VAG Rounded
Harmonia Sans
Garamond 3
Soho Gothic
Gothic
Frutiger Next
Slate
Baskerville
FB Han Gothic
Bauer Bodoni
Linotype Univers
Soho
Laurentian
Rockwell
Neue Helvetica eText
Eurostile LT
Sackers Gothic
ITC Franklin Gothic
Egyptian Slate
News Gothic
Gill Sans Infant
Charlotte Sans
Clarendon
Glypha
Ocean Sans
Cachet
Plantin
Century Gothic
Plate Gothic MT
ITC Officina Sans
Bell
MYuppy
Eurostile Next
Monotype Grotesque
URW Franklin Gothic
ITC American Typewriter
Calvert
ITC Franklin
MSung
Adelle
Impact
Bembo
Abadi
ITC Bailey Sans
Wiesbaden Swing
Mitra
Amasis
Serifa
Klint
Optima
ITC Kabel
Neuzeit Office
ITC Adderville
Goudy
ITC Conduit
Walbaum
Fette Engschrift DIN 1451
Akko
ITC Officina Serif
Monotype Modern
Basic Commercial
Tahoma
Rotis Sans Serif
Neo Tech
Arial
Caslon
ITC Stone Sans
Georgia Pro
Times
Nazanin
ITC Caslon No. 224
Palatino
Alternate Gothic
New Caledonia
Neue Haas Grotesk
Monotype Garamond
Basilia

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