Hi! so I wanted to ask about the different versions of Futura. We currently have Futura PT (from Adobe Typekit), and Futura STD. What are the differences between them, and with the original Futura designed by Paul Renner?
There are many versions of Futura that have been redesigned and redrawn over the years by different foundries. With just a casual glance, they all look about the same, but if you start comparing the subtle differences between the various glyphs in the fonts from those different foundries, you’ll find there are many small differences. In other words, they’re not interchangeable.
You will also find that the same font from 10 years ago might look different because the algorithms or vector graphics keep improving. So generally the newer the better.
Helvetica gives me nightmares.