Alte Haas Grotesk


I found this excellent font last night while surfing for old Swiss design books. Alte Haas Grotesk by Yann Le Coroller, is a free Grotesk/Helvetica look-a-like with a soft feel to the edges. The author describes it as a typeface that looks like it were printed in an old Brockmann book. It definitely has that feel to it. I’m looking forward to using this in a design.        

12 Comments on "Alte Haas Grotesk"

  • It does have soft edges. What types of designs would you use this in? Not sure where it would be placed and what atmosphere would do it justice.

    • Antonio says

      It’s a neutral typeface so it should work in almost anything.

  • Michael says

    I think its quite nice, well described as being like something from an old brockmann book

  • I found this the other day by accident too, I really love it. I’m looking forward to using it but I’m not sure where yet…

  • bender says

    It looks really nice, but it’s a shame that in this and every other free font I’ve seen the kerning looks to be completely horrible. It’s no fun having to tweak every single letter pair in every single line of type you write. That and the ludicrously limited number of different cuts/special characters is the main reason why I stay away from free fonts. Can’t deal if I don’t have at least five different weights + italics + small caps and hopefully an alternate version to boot =)

    But it does look like a very nicely drawn font for a free one! Definately has that retro feel to it.

  • Michael says

    yeah bender, shockingly nice for a dafont font… no grunge or graffiti in sight :O

  • Boringvision says

    I used Alte Haas Grotesk one year ago to make some party flyer…nice typeface, a kind of spicy Helvetica without soul…

  • mancho says

    I use it a lot. Especially when i’m feeling kinda tired of using helvetica un all my design, then i turn to this one. 😉

    Love it

  • Peter Sawatzky says

    Cool find!

  • argh, my fingers says

    Interestingly, this face works quite well at various small screen sizes as well as in print; I’ve been using it as a placeholder in a number of game interfaces and found it to sit comfortably for both chatlog text and larger main-screen event notifications, as well as pretty much everything in-between.

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    I use the bold version of this font for video subtitles. It is a task for which this font is remarkably well suited. Easy to read on-screen at nearly any size, pleasant to the eye, and doesn’t seem to have a strong “style” that would conflict with using it on any film.