The digital version of Helvetica that everyone knows and uses
today is quite different from the typeface’s pre-digital design
from 1957. Originally released as Neue Haas Grotesk, many of the
features that made it a Modernist favorite have been lost in
translation over the years from one typesetting technology to
Type designer Christian Schwartz has newly restored the original
Neue Haas Grotesk in digital form — bringing back features like
optical size variations, properly corrected obliques, alternate
glyphs, refined spacing, and more.
Many similarities to Helvetica Now, including separate text and display versions, and alternate glyphs such as a straight-legged ‘R’.