In 1960, the typeface's name was changed by Haas' German parent company Stempel to Helvetica — derived from Confoederatio Helvetica, the Latin name for Switzerland — in order to make it more marketable internationally.
Helvetica Central European contains only characters supporting letters found in Central European languages.
Helvetica Cyrillic contains only just enough characters supporting letters found in Basic Latin, and Cyrillic code pages.
Helvetica Greek contains only just enough characters supporting letters found in Basic Latin, and Greek code pages.
Helvetica World is a family of four fonts published by Linotype in 2002. It contains 1866 glyphs per font, supporting characters from Latin Extended, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, superscripts and subscripts, letterlike symbols, arrows, mathematical symbols, box drawing, block elements, alphabetic presentation forms, Arabic presentation forms. Similar to Arial, Arabic glyphs do not have fixed weight within each glyph.
Helvetica Textbook contains monospaced version of the font. Some characters such as 1, 4, 6, 9, I, a, f, q, mu, and ¶ are drawn differently from the proportional space version.
Helvetica Rounded (1978) contains rounded stroke terminators. Only bold, bold oblique, black, black oblique, bold condensed, bold condensed, bold outline fonts were made, with outline font not issued in digital form by Linotype.
Other redesigns include improve legibility, heavier punctuation marks, increased spacing in numbers.
The font family adopted the numbering system previously used in Univers. Neue Helvetica also comes in Outline, but not Textbook or Rounded fonts. The font family includes 51 fonts, which includes fonts in 9 weights in 3 widths (8, 9, 8 in normal, condensed, extended widths respectively), and a outline font based on Helvetica 75 Bold Outline.
In 2001, Linotype announced the release of the "New Helvetica" CD, which contains all 51 fonts in PostScript and TrueType formats.
In March 2004, Linotype announced the release of the "Neue Helvetica Pro" CD, which contains all 51 Neue Helvetica fonts for Mac and PC in OpenType CFF format. The character set supports a total of 48 different roman languages.
Monotype's Arial, designed in 1982, while different from Helvetica in some few details, has identical character widths, and is indistinguishable by most non-specialists. The capital letters C, G, and R, as well as the lowercase letters a, e, r, and t, are useful for quickly distinguishing Arial and Helvetica. Differences include:
Nimbus Sans, another similar font family that incorporates fonts designed in 1940 (Nimbus Sans bold condensed, Nimbus Sans bold condensed (D)) and 1946 (Nimbus Sans Black Condensed, Nimbus Sans Black Condensed (D)), is produced by URW. Nimbus Sans L fonts were released under the GNU General Public License.
"Helv", later known as "MS Sans Serif", is a sans-serif font that shares many key characteristics to Helvetica, including the horizontally and vertically-aligned stroke terminators and more uniformed stroke widths within a glyph.
Helvetica is among the most widely used sans-serif typefaces. Versions exist for the Latin, Cyrillic, Hebrew, and Greek alphabets. Unicode character sets include special characters and accents for Korean, Hindi, Urdu, Khmer, and Vietnamese. Variants of character-based writing systems, including Chinese, and Japanese have been developed to complement Helvetica.
Major companies and products that have used Helvetica in their wordmarks include 3M, American Airlines, American Apparel, the former American Telephone & Telegraph Company, BBC News, Boeing, Border Television, Crate & Barrel, Energizer Batteries, Five, Greyhound Lines, ITV, Jeep, Karlsberger, Lufthansa, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, National Car Rental, Now That's What I Call Music!, Orange, Panasonic, Target Corporation, Thames Television, and Yorkshire Television.
New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) uses Helvetica for all of its subway signs (though some pre-1968 signs sport the similar Medium Standard, an Akzidenz Grotesk-like sans-serif).
Canada's federal government uses Helvetica as its identifying typeface, with three variants being used in its corporate identity program, and encourages its use in all federal agencies and websites. Helvetica is also used in the USA television rating system (TV-G, TV-Y, TV-Y7, etc.)
In 2007, director Gary Hustwit released a documentary, Helvetica, to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the typeface. In the film, graphic designer Wim Crouwel said, "Helvetica was a real step from the 19th century typeface. ... We were impressed by that because it was more neutral, and neutralism was a word that we loved. It should be neutral. It shouldn't have a meaning in itself. The meaning is in the content of the text and not in the typeface."
Face Facts; Helvetica and its predecessors have experienced waves of popularity this century. Ken Wilson charts the typeface's history and the reasons for its recent resurgence.
Aug 13, 1999; It is 1980. A third-year student is leafing through the New Western Type Book and has paused at a page of VIP Helvetica,...