Tired of Helvetica Light Extended

Jean Paul Beumer's picture

All magazines that think they've got something serious to tell about wellness, as well as lots and lots of companies that operate in the field of well-being, find it hard to choose anything different from Helvetica Light Extended. I don't blame them, it looks awfully good (I was going to type awesome, but that's a bit too much...).

Anyway, I thought "Why not make them an alternative?". Light, wide, clean... I've used a big part of my free Sunday to draw up some glyps. They need a lot more work, but I'ld like to hear your opinions for now...


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Kristians Sics's picture

Splendid idea! Perhaps you should stretch n, h and u a hair's breadth wider. H and N even more. "g" looks good when it is big but when it is small the neck looks a bit clumsy. Perhaps try to lower the loop a little bit.
Good luck with the "s"!

Bendy's picture

Cool! Reminds me of the first font I purchased 20 years ago: Mr Jones from EFF, but less nineties!

Your cap A looks like there's a bit too much stroke contrast.

Paul Cooley's picture

Hey, lovely idea here! naturally being a art school student, I grown quite a pious reverence for helvetica in all it's forms, but its cool to see it alternatives being thought up.

I like the idea present in the /K/ but it seems pretty wide.

The simplicity of the /G/ is exciting to me, maybe a similar treatment for the /Q/?

There is something weird in the joint of the /Y/, not quite sure what but take a closer look.

The right of the /W/ has a weird moment at the baseline joints.

Maybe you can play with the flag of the /r/ its pretty intense right now.

Regardless, nice stuff going on here. There is really something about the /G/, maybe it's just me.

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