Helvetica is a widely used sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger with input from Eduard Hoffmann.
It is a neo-grotesque or realist design, one influenced by the famous 19th century typeface Akzidenz-Grotesk and other German and Swiss designs. Its use became a hallmark of the International Typographic Style that emerged from the work of Swiss designers in the 1950s and 60s, becoming one of the most popular typefaces of the 20th century.
Work Sans is a typeface family based loosely on early Grotesques, such as those by Stephenson Blake, Miller & Richard and Bauerschen Giesserei. The Regular weight and others in the middle of the family are optimized for on-screen text usage at medium-sizes (14px-48px) and can also be used in print design.
Coolvetica is a scratch-built, sans-serif typeface, inspired by 1970’s American logo designs. This was an era where everyone was modifying Helvetica with funky curls, mixed-case and effects. Coolvetica recreates that 1970’s custom display lettering look with really tight kerning and funky curls. The tails on the R and a have been left out to allow even tighter spacing. It certainly isn’t intended for setting paragraphs of book text—Coolvetica is a pure display typeface, intended for big, funky headings and titles.
Freesans is licensed under GNU and available to download free and use for both personal and commercial project.
Alte Haas Grotesk is a typeface that look like an helvetica printed in an old Muller-Brockmann Book.
These fonts are freeware and can be distributed as long as they are
together with this text file.
This font is available under the SIL Open Font License. It was originally released under a BSD license (which essentially said they are public domain but don’t blame me if they don’t work — that license wasn’t designed for fonts so I am now releasing them under both OFL and BSD), currently all digitized by me (with help from Valik and Andrei on the cyrillics).
A substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans. Digitized data © 2007 Ascender Corporation. All rights reserved.
The above fonts are highly useful and similar to Helvetica and Helvetica Neue font. You can use these free alternative fonts for personal and commercial projects.