What font is this?
November 30, 2011 1:44 AM   Subscribe

Please help me identify the font used in this image.

At first glance and to my admittedly untrained eye, I figured it was Helvetica Bold, so I tried to copy it in Photoshop. I couldn't quite get it to match, but perhaps I was just using the wrong size or the wrong kerning or something?

Next, I tried checking with WhatFontIs.com and one of the guesses given was Helvetica Neue--I have Helvetica Neue LT Com, is that the same thing?

(I don't know which I'm asking for really, whether it's a font or a typeface. From what I understand, the two terms are technically not interchangeable, so I'm sorry if I made someone's eye twitch from the misuse. Mea culpa!)
posted by Wonton Cruelty to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
Looks a bit like AG Book BQ to me.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 2:03 AM on November 30, 2011

Best answer: WhatTheFont says:

* District Bold
* Europa Gro SB-Med
* Nimbus Sans Bold
* Berthold Standard BQ Medium
* AG Book Std Medium
posted by devnull at 2:28 AM on November 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Okay, so I removed - the velvet underground from the image in case it was confusing the identity-this-font sites since it's in a thinner font/typeface. Top guess was Europa Gro Nr2 SH-Bol. Hmm, it does look like it. Too bad it's commercial.

Any recommendations of similar-looking fonts that are free to use?
posted by Wonton Cruelty at 4:23 AM on November 30, 2011

It's 26 dollars! Buy it!

The fonts that WhatTheFont returns are similar. They also have a good forum where you can ask people who know their fonts for advice.
posted by devnull at 5:06 AM on November 30, 2011

Best answer: It's Helvetica Neue Heavy.
I just set the quote in Illustrator and it matches-up perfectly.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:34 AM on November 30, 2011 [2 favorites]

There's a ton of custom kerning involved, of course.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:35 AM on November 30, 2011

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