Robert Brodrecht

Helvetica-like Web Font Without The Monthly Fee

Photo by Dan Lurie




I spent part of my morning trying to find a shop that could license for Helvetica Neue for web fonts outright, without subscribing to a monthly plan. I came up empty, but all is not lost.

I had previously used to buy a web font outright, so I started looking there. Unfortunately, none of the various derivations of Helvetica that contained the name Helvetica were available as web fonts. I did some more digging and found the Helvetica derivation called Swiss 721, which was created by Bitstream. I did a quick visual comparison for several of the letters that appear on the site, and they are virtually identical.

So, if you need to put Helvetica on your site without paying a monthly fee, check out Swiss 721 on