Alternatives to Helvetica Neue Ultra Light

vwcruisn's picture

Im designing a logo for a night club for a very difficult client that doesnt like to give me any sort of info on the thing im designing. Anyway, he basically wants it to be completely simple and ultra chic. I did a mock up for him doing a very simple mark and logotype (straight out of the can helvetica neue ultra light.. which he LOVES). I am wondering what other typefaces are out there that would give me that ultra modern look, with very very thin strokes. Thanks!

jfp's picture

Night Club set in Anisette

Night Club set in Anisette Petite

Night Club set in Parisine Clair

Night Club set in Parisine Plus Clair

Ramiro Espinoza's picture

Even drunk I wouldn't replace Helvetica Neue Ultra Light with 'Politica'.

hrant's picture

But you'd have to be drunk to start with Helvetica! :-)
Unless this club happens to have a Barbarella theme.

Jason, before you choose a font, think of what it should look like. There are so many choices (many of them nominally good) that you can easily get distracted from a choice that will really click - so narrowing things down helps.

I would say you need something narrow, thin, but also somewhat rigid. And if it's lc, maybe something with a small x-height (unless visibility is a serious issue).

And the most important thing:
What's the name? Different glyphs sing in different ways, especially in chorus.


Ale Paul's picture

Thanks, Ramiro. Much appreciated. It's good to know that you too are trying to help the original poster.

jupiterboy's picture

I'm thinking he'll get happy about Chalet.

Send House some love. I think they are having a sale.

marcox's picture

Last year, Font Bureau added hairline/thin weights to Interstate:

vwcruisn's picture

sorry about that, the name of the club is element

thanks for all the help guys... there are some great type choices i never knew exsisted here

doj's picture

<font class="dontLookLikeCrap">what about precious sans? it has nice light and thin options.

typed 'element' out though and maybe the 'm' looks a little friendly, not chic enough? who knows!

pity it's called 'element' because i feel precious sans has some lovely descenders.</font>

fontime's picture

Another option for your design
This font its inedit and your name is "Lineare Thin"

hrant's picture

I think element is a great name. And thinking about how the letters might fit into a whole, I had an idea: make it unicase, with cap-form "L" and the second "e" nestled into its hole - that would amplify the "element" idea too. I guess it might go against the client's stated wish for "simplicity", but clients don't always really know what they want as much as they sound they do.


Stephen Coles's picture

Serifa Light (essentially Helvetica with serifs)
Agenda Thin
Benton Sans Thin

typeidentity's picture

Maybe use Titling Gothic for a bit more personality?

What are you going for?

typeidentity's picture

Condensed? Regular? Wide?

poms's picture

You know this thread is quite old?

hrant's picture



typeidentity's picture

good work takes a little time :P

PabloImpallari's picture

Try Terminal Dosis Light.

It's free, and it's also available as a Google Webfont.

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