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Helvetica - 3 March 2005

Helvetica, love it or hate it Helvetica is one of the world's most used typefaces. It’s certainly a typeface that everyone has an opinion or a quote about.

'Helvetica' is one of the most popular font related search terms entered on, and this news entry should help our users locate the font.

So why are people searching for Helvetica on, and why is the font one of Linotype's best sellers? One reason is that although Helvetica is not supplied with any Microsoft product, it's long been a Mac OS core-font and Adobe Type Manager font, so there are millions of documents out there that were created using it.

Although associated with Adobe and Apple (there are T shirts that proclaim "Helvetica is not an Adobe font") for users of Microsoft software the best place to get a licensed copy of Helvetica is the Linotype Web site. The site contains a myriad of Helvetica related fonts and variants including the more recently introduced Helvetica Neue type family.

About Helvetica, details taken from the Linotype web site...

About Helvetica™

The Helvetica (Latin for Swiss) has the objective and functional style which was associated with Swiss typography in the 1950s and 1960s. The font is perfect for international correspondence: no ornament, no emotion, just clear presentation of information. Helvetica font is still one of most popular sans-serif fonts.

Linotype, Linotype Library and Helvetica are Trademarks of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

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article posted 5 March 2005 and last updated 5 March 2005.

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