My previous post on alternatives to Helvetica that are available on Google Fonts got a lot of attention, so I thought I could write the same post but for people who use Typekit!
Typekit is an online font service, similar to Google Fonts, which offers a subscription-based access to high-quality fonts.
The service was originally founded by a company run by creators of the Google Analytics service in 2009, then got acquired by Adobe in 2011.
With Typekit, fonts may be used directly on websites or synced on a computer via Adobe Creative Cloud.
Acumin (22 styles) — A sans-serif typeface designed by Robert Slimbach and published through Adobe in 2015. Acumin is available in a huge variety of weights with matching italics in wide, normal, semi-condensed, condensed and extra condensed widths.
Designer: Robert Slimbach
Aktiv Grotesk (48 styles) — A grotesque sans-serif typeface. It is described by many designers as a “Helvetica killer” and is available in various weights with matching italics.
Designers: David Marshall, Ron Carpenter, Bruno Maag, Francesca Bolognini, Amélie Bonet, Jonathan Pierini and Fabio Haag
FF Dagny (12 styles) — A sans-serif typeface designed by Swedish designers. FF Dagny was originally developed from DN Grotesk for the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The family is available in 6 weights with matching italic styles.
Designers: Örjan Nordling and Göran Söderström
Neue Haas Grotesk
Neue Haas Grotesk (22 styles) — Neue Haas Grotesk was Helvetica’s original name. It was designed by Christian Schwartz as an attempt to bring back the original Helvetica typeface.
Neue Haas Grotesk is available in eight weights—ultra thin, thin, extralight, light, regular, medium, bold and black—each with matching italics.
Designer: Christian Schwartz
Neue Haas Unica
Neue Haas Unica (18 styles) — A neo-grotesque sans-serif typeface designed by Toshi Omagari as an alternative for Helvetica and published through Monotype.
The family is available in nine weights—ultra light, thin, light, regular, medium, bold, heavy, black and extrablack—each with matching italic styles.
Designer: Toshi Omagari
Nimbus Sans (43 styles) — A neo-grotesque sans-serif typeface designed by German studio URW++. Nimbus Sans is based on Helvetica and is available in a huge variety of weights.
Pragmatica (30 styles) — A sans-serif typeface designed by Vladimir Yefimov and published through ParaType. Pragmatica is available in seven weights with matching italic styles in normal, condensed and extended widths.
Designer: Vladimir Yefimov
Proxima Nova (48 styles) — A popular sans-serif typeface described as a hybrid of Futura and classic sans faces. The family is available in seven weights—thin, light, regular, semibold, bold, extrabold and black—each with matching italics as well as small caps styles and condensed and extra condensed widths.
Proxima Nova is an excellent font and a good alternative to Helvetica but, unfortunately, is a bit overused on the web.
Designer: Mark Simonson
Roboto (28 styles) — A trendy grotesque sans-serif typeface that was designed by Christian Robertson and published through Google. Roboto is the default font used on Android, Google Maps and Google+.
Roboto is available in seven weights with matching italics as well as small caps styles and condensed and extra condensed widths.
Designer: Christian Robertson
Runda (10 styles) — A sans-serif typeface designed by Mark Caneso in 2010 and published through ps Type.
Runda is available in five weights—light, regular, medium, bold and black—with matching italics.
Designer: Mark Caneso
Bonus: JAF Facit
JAF Facit (12 styles) — A contemporary sans-serif typeface designed by Tim Ahrens and published through Just Another Foundry.
JAF Facit’s weight range from Extralight to Extrabold with matching italics.
Designer: Tim Ahrens