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Believe it or not, there are quite a few Helvetica font alternatives you can use.

A few years ago, we published an article to help designers and typography enthusiasts explore alternatives to Helvetica. The article was a hit! So, we decided it would be beneficial to publish the article again for your reading enjoyment.

Love it or hate it, Helvetica remains one of the most popular, ubiquitous, and enduring fonts of all time. It’s featured in countless corporate logos, remains the go-to choice to convey a certain hipster, ironically neutral aesthetic (American Apparel comes to mind), and is even the subject of its own documentary.

Logos with Helvetica Font

Helvetica is featured in countless corporate logos

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The Golden Age of Typography is Now

Typography experts estimate that there are more than 300,000 fonts in existence, and more emerging from designer’s workshops every day. We did a quick search of the popular MyFonts to get one example and a bit of a perspective on this number. The results blew us away. On that one site alone, you can find:

31,000 font families

4,000 individual type designers

2,000 professional font foundries*

*Numbers procured from this page.

 

…that’s quite a bit more than a drop down menu can hold. How many could we find in your personal collection? Are you getting the most out of your library?

Top Places to Build Out Your Font Collection

 

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Welcome to this month’s Dig This Design, our series dedicated to showcasing the websites we think are making waves on the web. It’s purpose is to recognize our peers—the creative teams and companies that are filling the web with beautiful and innovative design.

Dig This Design: Invoke Media, The Best of East London, Future of Web Design

Invoke Appeals to the Senses

Invoke Media is an interactive agency hailing from the cool and creative Canadian city of Vancouver. Their impressive client roster spans sought-after consumer brands such as Gap and Dove all the way to adored media outlets including The Onion and ESPN. They also help create tech start-ups such as HootSuite and Snack Box. So it’s obvious their elegant website animation would parallel their agency name.

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Welcome to Dig This Design. Each month, we’ll showcase pioneering websites crafted by our peers—the creative teams and companies that push the envelope in our industry. Let’s dive into some inventive work that has recently caught our eye.

Dig This Design: Jack In The Box, Warby Parker, Jet Blue

Jack is Back (with extra bacon)

There’s no denying the gastronomic beauty of bacon. That’s why we’re excited about the new Bacon Insider from Jack in the Box. It’s the first burger to mix three full strips of bacon right in the patty. Now that’s smart! But what’s more appealing than the extra flavor is the campaign page they created for the 2014 Super Bowl. It entices with a rich, bright design reminiscent of a blue bird day on the farm. The entertaining, scroll-triggered motion design and a “Bork Blaster” arcade game will have you pining for a bacon-filled bite.

But let’s talk type. The main font is Halis Rounded by Ahmet Altun. This lovely typeface isn’t available as a web font, but our WebINK library has similarly stunning specimens such as Co Headline, Metallophile and Hermes Optimo.

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