I'd like to use something similar-but-different for my poster project.
I've already ruled out:
- Avant Garde/Futura - too geometric
- Frutiger - too humanist /'friendly'
I guess I'm looking for something that will be a close match in most of its shapes but will have enough points of difference to make people (OK, other designers) wonder what I've used. e.g. a single story 'a' or distinctly different 'g'.
Please include a visual example if possible, and include some reasons why each font would be a good choice; I'm after a smallish number of well-thought-out suggestions, and definitely not a bare list.
I (Ryan, whom is editing this) asked what is meant by dated. This was the response, Michael Lai gave me:
There have been questions about free alternatives to Helvetica and also similar fonts to Helvetica Neue, but the answers were based on available fonts from at least a couple years ago and I would like to know if there have been changes or new fonts since. Also, it is best to get a visual comparison between fonts if possible (e.g. by overlaying them over one another).