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Neue Haas Grotesk


Neue Haas Grotesk
Neue Haas Grotesk

If you are a typophile, you may well be familiar with the Neue Haas Grotesktypeface – even though until now it has only been available as metal type. If you don’t recognize the name, but the typeface looks familiar, here’s why: In the late 1950s, shortly after its introduction, Neue Haas Grotesk became the Helvetica® typeface family.

When Neue Haas Grotesk became the typeface we know as Helvetica, certain design concessions were made. Christian Schwartz, who designed the digital revival of Neue Haas Grotesk, points out that it “was originally produced for typesetting by hand in a range of sizes from 5 to 72 points, but digital Helvetica has always been one-size-fits-all, which leads to unfortunate compromises.”

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