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Helvetica has been one of the most popular typefaces since its release is 1957. The Neo-Grotesque Sans Serif typeface fits well into most designs and offers an overall clean and inviting look. Governments across the world have adopted Helvetica as their main typeface, including metro rail systems and even space shuttle exterior paintings. Some might argue that the typeface has been so overused that nowadays it may convey boring/predictable design.

Graphic designers will often need to use sans serif typefaces and Helvetica will be a safe path to success, however, this safety might also imply dated design. In other words, the overuse of this beautiful typeface over the decades has given it an image of ‘default’, something the general public is expecting to see. Here is a list of alternative typefaces that you can use whenever you feel the itch to use the abused Helvetica.

3 Comments

  1. Megan Trayers wrote:

    Nicely stated! It’s too bad Helvetica is overused. Thanks for the great resource link as well!

    Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
  2. Emily Krause wrote:

    The fact that Helvetica is overused and accepted as an effective typeface means that it is succeeding at its purpose of being a universal typeface that presents information in an objective manner. It is stable and legible in almost any point size. But even though it’s effective it is most definitely overused, like you said, and offers no originality.

    Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink
  3. Emily Anderson wrote:

    This has a humorous title and your points are well expressed. It’s too bad this font has been overused. I agree that it’s beautiful.

    Friday, April 28, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink