The personal site of design writer and broadcaster (and educator, artist, brand consultant...) Debbie Millman uses Neue Haas Grotesk, a reworking of Max Miedinger’s Alte Haas Grotesk by Christian Schwarz. Published by Linotype and served by Fonts.com's webfont service.

Screen grab of Debbie Millman's home page


Background and Analysis

Neue Haas Grotesk was drawn by Christian Schwartz from Max Miedinger's original sketches for the font that would eventually become Helvetica. While Helvetica emerged as the corporate world's first choice font through the era of phototypesetting, the original font remained a metal-only release.

Photosetting meant that Helvetica could be drawn in one version and easily scaled up or down as required, this however demanded that compromises be made to allow the font to work well in all sizes.

By returning to Miedinger's original designs for a metal typeface optimised to work at specific optical sizes, Schwartz has created a version of the famous sans serif typeface that is better suited for either display or text settings. Neue Haas Grotesque is available in three text weights and eight display grades, from a super-fine XXThin to the substantial Black seen here in Millman's headlines.

Fonts used:

Neue Haas Grotesk from Linotype

Neue Haas Grotesk™ Display 75 Bold: Used for site title, headings and navigation.

Linotype Neue Haas Grotesk from Fonts.com

Neue Haas Grotesk™ Text 55 Roman: Used for site title, headings and navigation.

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