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Brand Typeface

Our brand typeface family is Helvetica Now. Similar to our own identity, it is a refinement of a timeless classic. 

Font Weights

We use four primary weights of Helvetica Now. Two weights for large headlines, two weights for small text.

  • Large Headline: Helvetica Now Display XBold
  • Large Copy: Helvetica Now Display Medium
  • Small Headline: Helvetica Now Text Bold
  • Small Copy: Helvetica Now Text Regular

Other weights or exceptions may be used at per global seasonal creative direction, but as of right now these are our primary brand typefaces. 

Line height / Leading

As type scale increases we decrease the leading. Large headlines should have a line height ratio of 1:1, or 72pt text on 72pt leading for example. Whereas paragraph text should have a line height ratio of 1:1.5, or 16pt text on 24pt leading. 

Tracking & Kerning

Helvetica Now addresses most all of the kerning issues and discrepancies of earlier versions and should largely be fine as is at 0. The kerning of body text and headline text should not be altered. Sub-headline text that serves as a small accent can be expanded to 10% tracking.

Case & Capitalization

All caps can be used for headlines, sub-headlines, and calls to action.
Sentence case should be used when we are informative or conversational.

All caps are used when we have something bold to say, when we’re shouting, and when there is need for emphasis.

Whenever multiple lines of paragraph text is used, it should only be in sentence case.

Hierarchy

Maintain hierarchy through scale—It is important to maintain type hierarchy. This allows for clarity, consistency, and a strong balance for all communications. 2x size difference is needed when changing type sizes.

Pairings

Maintain contrast through weight—It is important to maintain these type pairings. This allows for clarity, consistency, and a strong hierarchy for all communications. 

Regular weight headline with Xbold weight body copy.
Xbold weight headlines should be paired with medium weight sub-headlines and regular weight body copy.

Type over Imagery

Type over imagery should be black or white depending on the lightness of the image itself. Black over light images, white over darker images. 

Alignment

To achieve optical alignment, it’s best to “hang” punctuation at the edge of text blocks.

Line Breaks

Do not hyphenate any headline or supporting copy when a word cannot fit on one line.

Contextual Alternates

We don’t use ‘em.

Helvetica now has a number of stylistic alternates for a few of the character shapes. We stick to the traditional character set. 

Typography Summary

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Our typeface is central to expressing our brand. Use with care and consideration.

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Consider relationships, the size, weight and placement effects the emphasis on copy.

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Maintain visual hierarchy. Type size and layout should align with and support messaging.

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Aim for contrast. Changes in weight and size across composition should be very noticeable. And type over image and color should be bold and clear to read.