Take the 2-minute tour ×
Webmasters Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pro webmasters. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am trying to figure out where do all sites that use the 'Helvetica Neue' font get it from. There are certainly too many sites using it for it not to be free. But frankly, there are only two fontsites which have it in their catalog, and it is for sale (and not as a webfont).

Moreover, can you give some examples of webfonts which are similar to this 'Helvetica Neue' and are (mostly) free?

Thank you!

share|improve this question
    
does not belong here –  umar Apr 11 '11 at 12:39
    
this is not a programming related question. if you look for web fonts, it's better to look on sites like webfonts.myfonts.com/search-webfonts –  igor milla Apr 11 '11 at 12:43
    
Examples? It should generally be trivial to figure out from a site's code what web font service it's using. –  Su' Apr 11 '11 at 16:21
    
For example, Dribbble, Foursquare and many others. You can view the webfont in Firebug. –  Andrei Horak Apr 11 '11 at 16:57
add comment

migrated from stackoverflow.com Apr 11 '11 at 12:45

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

3 Answers

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Based on the examples you posted in response to my comment above, you're confused.

Dribbble and Foursquare aren't using web font/font-face embedding at all. They're simply specifying Helvetica Neue in their font-family stacks. If a visitor happens to have that font installed on their system, then they'll see it. They quite likely don't, in which case their system will try the next font down, and so on until either something matches or it just ends up using their default for sans-/serif/monospace.

share|improve this answer
    
I just figured out that the font I was able to view was just plain Arial. It is pretty silly for me not to see this before. Anyway, thanks for your help. Just for my knowledge, why is this font specified in every font stack? Is it so popular? Who has it since it is not free? –  Andrei Horak Apr 11 '11 at 19:28
1  
It's specified because the person who wrote the stylesheet wanted it there. Macs, however, do ship with Helvetica Neue, and since the stack is used in order, they'll get it. Many designers have an irrational hatred of Arial and will do anything they can to avoid its use, where possible. Without asking, it's all speculation. But Dribbble in particular likely has a higher-than-usual Mac user ratio, and so specifiying Helvetica higher in the stack is a fairly safe bet for them. –  Su' Apr 12 '11 at 19:33
    
Thank you for your help! Now everything is clear for me. –  Andrei Horak Apr 13 '11 at 12:17
add comment

This question is similar: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3335336/font-replacement-services-for-helvetica-neue I did find a site using Proxima from Typekit for people who didn't have it: http://stevecochrane.com/v3/2007/12/13/helvetica-neue-variants-for-use-on-the-web/

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks! Although I don't quite like how it renders at small sizes... –  Andrei Horak Apr 11 '11 at 17:15
add comment

This site seems to use Helvetica Neue. We got it as part of our logo that was designed (as that uses the font).

I dont like the font in websites. When text is small, especially bold, the 'c' and 'o' is really not clear at all. In fact I stopped visiting Digg as they have this set as their main font and I really couldn't read it.

share|improve this answer
    
OK, so I believe it would be better if I stick to the classic Arial... –  Andrei Horak Apr 14 '11 at 15:41
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.