Helvetica, The World’s Most Famous Typeface, Gets A Makeover
Helvetica was dreamed up as a universal typeface in 1957, but more than 60 years later, we spend much of our day on tiny screens where its characters are tough to read. This is why Monotype has spent the past two years creating a fix for Helvetica’s shortcomings with the launch of Helvetica Now: a typeface to be used by everyone, everywhere.
iNews’ Art Director asks “how do you make something neutral even more neutral”, describing Helvetica Now as “a work of art”. The article points out this is as much of a technical update as a cultural one - one that’s “so good most people will never even know it’s there.”
Helvetica Now, designed by Charles Nix, Jan Hendrik Weber and others for Monotype, is the first revision of the tasteful typeface in more than 35 years. The Helvetica family has been used by countless brands and creative professionals in millions of designs since its inception. Helvetica Now lives to continue this tradition while introducing a number of improvements for longevity in the digital world.
Behind The Process Of Helvetica's 21st Century Facelift
Helvetica, one of the most well-known and oft-used typefaces in the world, just got a big refresh with the debut of Helvetica Now. In a tremendous overhaul, Monotype redrew every single one of Helvetica’s nearly 40,000 characters to be easier and more enjoyable to read, with a particular emphasis on going small, says Charles Nix, type director at Monotype.
Creative Bloq focuses on Helvetica’s neutrality and its potential to subvert. "The true subversive Helvetica users look at it and say its neutrality is a disguise,” says Charles Nix, Monotype’s type director.