Comparing Neue Haas Grotesk with Helvetica

If there’s one site you absolutely must visit today, it’s this one.

Introducing the work of Indra Kupferschmid and Nick Sherman, this is Neue Haas Grotesk; a site dedicated to displaying Christian Schwarz’s revitalisation of the original Helvetica typeface that has sadly over the years been bastardised as it was digitised.

“The digital version of Helvetica that everyone knows and uses today is quite different from the typeface’s pre-digital design from 1957. Originally released as Neue Haas Grotesk, many of the features that made it a Modernist favorite have been lost in translation over the years from one typesetting technology to the next.

Type designer Christian Schwartz has newly restored the original Neue Haas Grotesk in digital form—bringing back features like optical size variations, properly corrected obliques, alternate glyphs, refined spacing, and more.”

It’s a thoroughly fascinating analysis of the revitalised, world-famous typeface classic, and the site itself is gorgeously designed.

I implore you to check it out now.

Then buy the typeface.




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