Does anybody know a font on Google Fonts that is very similar to Helvetica Neue?
That's the thing about Helvetica, there isn't really anything quite like it. We are talking about one of the (if not the) most beautiful font in existence.
You could settle for Open Sans or Source Sans Pro but it won't be the same. But you probably already know that as there are only 121 fonts to choose from.
It's not in Google fonts (I think), but the .ttf can easily be converted for @font-face. I find Liberation Sans really beautiful. Plus it renders REALLY well in most browsers, and it's free for personal and commercial use:
Arimo (see samples above and below) is identical to Liberation Sans (suggested by Yisela) and available from Google Fonts.
My current Helvetica-like font stack, which includes Liberation Sans and Arimo, is
except for large non-italic headings, for which I insert "Microsoft Sans Serif" ahead of "Liberation Sans". I give my reasons in "A multiplatform Helvetica-like font stack that suppresses Arial".
The choice between Arimo (above) and Roboto (suggested by DavidO) is a matter of taste. Roboto loads slightly faster, but Arimo doesn't need to load at all if Liberation Sans is installed. As both Arimo and Roboto are Google fonts, there's no point in using one as a fallback for the other.
protected by JohnB♦ Aug 1 '13 at 12:51
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