5458143764_daae0bd528_zIt’s hard to tell when something crosses the line from original to overplayed, but like giant red letter on movie posters, Helvetica has gained a place in the eyes of the designing masses that borders on cult status. Despite the tote bags and posters, the business cards and even its own imposter font, something about Helvetica has kept it around.

However, longevity is not synonymous with creativity, and while Helvetica may still be beautiful in its simplicity, it definitely no longer holds its wow factor in ingenious design. Especially not when you consider the multitudinous alternatives available, many of which are even free, like these seven options to consider for your next design.


Alvaro Thomaz’s beautiful font provides a beautiful lightweight alternative to the more commonly used Helvetica and Arial fonts. Its clean lines and balanced kerning draws heavily on the influence of European type houses while keeping a modern look.  A light font, Aliquam is ideal for internal headers and offers scalability for business cards and letterheads.


Light as a feather, stiff as a board. That game you used to play as a child to call forth the spirits could share the same mantra with this font. With its sharp angles and stiff lines, Big Noodle brings to mind old school propaganda posters and brings more drama to the table than Helvetica does.


Talk about options. Walkway comes complete with options offering everything from Oblique to bold to italics to combinations of the above. Perfect for major headers and titles, the various options could even be used for small blocks of texts and business logos.


In a way, this font behaves like Helvetica through an x-ray machine.  Designed by Colorado’s Good Apples Studio to be used as a display font, Hello Denver offers a unique font that can be  applied to physical signage as well as digital print collateral for a unified look.


A little quirky, a little playful and a little Asian inspired, Hakone is an excellent font that can be used for both headings and body text. Despite its playfulness, the clear legibility of this font makes it flexible enough to be used professionally and would make an excellent header font for business cards for industries ranging from toy stores to catering.


Stronger, and arguably bolder than both Helvetica and Arial, Pressboard borrows heavily, as its name implies from pressboard signs and placards of yore as well as from the lettering of collegiate sport team jackets


Simple, rounded, clean and beautiful, Corbert would be a font that even Patrick Bateman could get into. It’s got that timeless appeal to it, so could be applied to both modern or retro pieces. Embossed on a good stock, Corbert can also pull off a truly professional look.

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