Linotype's Helvetica, itself derived from Haas Grotesk, has a large number of clones, some of which I will attempt to list here (see Jacci Howard Bear's list for other fonts as well):
Check also Howard Bear's list of Helvetica styles.
- Arial, Arial Narrow: well, clones is too nice a word. Matt McInerney (Savannah College of Art and Design): The fact that it [Arial] was commissioned by Microsoft to avoid paying royalties is not just morally questionable (to say the least), it's hypocritical. If anyone has championed the idea of intellectual property rights, it's Bill Gates and Microsoft. We now know that this is factually wrong---Arial is based on Monotype Grotesque.
- CG Triumvirate (Agfa/Compugraphic, now Monotype)
- Europa Grotesk
- Geneva 2
- Helvetica Compressed: clone of Helvetica Inserat.
- Tex Gyre Heros (2007): an extension of URW Nimbus Sans L, totally free.
- Holsatia (Hell): bought by Linotype
- Impact: Clone of Helvetica Inserat.
- Nimbus Sans URW (1987): great free clone that comes with GhostScript. Note that URW now sells an OpenType version as Nimbus Sans and Nimbus Sans Novus for 300 and 400 Euros, respectively.
- Placard Bold: Clone of Helvetica Inserat.
- Sans DTC
- Sans URW
- Sonoran Sans Serif. Well, this is the original Arial, actually, with the name used on the IBM 3800 laser printer. Arial is based on Monotype Grotesque, and is in fact not a clone of Helvetica at all. The fact that it matches the metrics of Helvetica is explained by the practical need on the part of IBM, which hads licensed Helvetica for its laser printers, to have matching metrics.
- Swiss 721 BT: Bitstream's infamous clone of the Linotype original.
- Swiss 911 BT: Bitstream's clone of Helvetica Compressed.
- Swiss 921 BT: clone of Helvetica Inserat.
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