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Clean and minimal fonts

Discussion in 'Font Forum:' started by zacthorne, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. zacthorne

    zacthorne Junior Member

    Hi Guys,

    Can anyone recommend a clean and minimal sans serif font. I'm looking along the same lines as Helvetica Neue or Frutiger. I'm just looking for something a beyond the usual standard font.......any suggestions?

  2. berry

    berry Active Member

    Futura, tho it does have a small X hight and therefore not good for body text
    Rotis is interesting
    Din is one of my favs so is Meta
    Bell and Franklin.
  3. zacthorne

    zacthorne Junior Member

    Cheers Berry,

    I might re-visit Din, I haven't used it for years. I've just checked Meta and i'm liking it, will investigate further

  4. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    I do like a bit of Din, any font with 3 weights is a good thing in my book!
  5. DereckJohnson

    DereckJohnson Junior Member

    Avant Garde, Gill Sans, Trade Gothic anyone?
  6. berry

    berry Active Member

    while san serif fonts...not similar to Helvetica or Franklin.
    Avant Garde has a high x hight which makes the font size larger than normal and eats up body text. Gill is the opposite, small x hight and not good for body text. Trade Gothic is one of my most used fonts and i love it, but it works best in the condendsed version which has legibilty issues.
  7. DereckJohnson

    DereckJohnson Junior Member

    Berry, point's well made regarding the x height etc. but still good alternatives - depending how much copy you have to play with.
  8. electricalyce

    electricalyce Member

    Soho gothic is nice, clean and distinct. Maybe a bit too distinct for body, not shure. And I really disagree about Gill Sans not fit for body - it's nice, friendly and readable, after all, typography is about feeling of the characters too, not just the mathematics of what has the EXACT perfect x-height and the PRECISE stem-width etc. Although on the other hand, Gill doesn't belong here, as I wouldn't describe it with "clean and minimal". I think avant garde works well too, although it takes more work to function as body-text (larger type and more space - for good use as body check out Grafik magazine)
  9. rossnorthernunion

    rossnorthernunion Senior Member

    Love a bit of DIN.

    Interstate, Interface, Trade.
  10. I used to really love Frutiger too and Din a few times :)
  11. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

    Neo Sans
  12. *sigh* Fonts are sooo expensive!
  13. Dazzer21

    Dazzer21 Member

    Blimey - I'm going to sound like a bit of a one-trick-pony! This is only my second post and I've just put this in my first one!!! Avenir is a nice clean face and I mainly used Book as the body copy weight. My apologies for the repetition... 8)
  14. repetition is fine Dazzer :) as long as its a worthwhile point :) Welcome to the forum by the way :D
  15. twiggy8520

    twiggy8520 Senior Member

    Why not give Akidenz Grotesk a bash? or maybe Bell Gothic
  16. MadysonDesigns

    MadysonDesigns Junior Member

    One of my favorites to use is Avenir- nice and simple sans with a little more character.
  17. Silver Firefly

    Silver Firefly Senior Member

    Chalet - but it's not good for body text.

    Helvetica/Helvetica Neue and Myriad Pro is my favourite at the moment.
  18. andyshaw

    andyshaw Member

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