Recommendable typefaces as alternatives to the overused Helvetica. The typefaces presented here can be seen as belonging to the same classification category as Helvetica (“static sans serif”), but each have their own look and are chosen because of their overall quality (design, number of styles, glyphs and so on). Fonts which are directly related to Helvetica (e.g. Nimbus Sans, Neue Haas Grotesk) or are very similar in their design are deliberately left off the list. It’s about alternatives, not look-alikes.
The best Helvetica alternatives (2020)
Initially commissioned by Pentagram to evolve his Polaris Condensed typeface, Chester Jenkins created a new digital form to support the newly transformed museum. The new font can be downloaded free of charge for unrestricted public use under the SIL Open Font License.