There are a few fonts that if you look carefully around, wherever you are, there is a good chance to see them. Maybe in a book, on the wall, on a road sign or on your tablet screen. Times New Roman, Helvetica, Futura and Avenir ™ are such fonts. Avenir is a commercial font which is available for purchase from here or here, BUT, fear not! Although Avenir ™ cannot be downloaded for free, there are a few good font families that are very close to Avenir ™ typeface and you can download them here free of charge. In the image above you can see these typefaces all. To make the comparison between these fonts easier, I prepared an image with all the fonts side by side below. The download links for each of these font families are presented after the image. If you want to know more about Avenir ™ font family and its usages continue reading the following paragraphs otherwise skip to the bottom of the page.
Avenir ™ is designed by one the famous typeface designers of the 20th century, Adrian Frutiger, in 1988 inspired by another typeface called Futura. The word “Avenir” means future in French. It is sans-serif font (meaning does not have the small lines at the end of characters). The original typeface was presented in just three weights in regular and italic forms. It was reworked in 2004 and twenty four variations of the typeface in six different weights was created available under the name of Avenir Next. The new set gave the designers considerable freedom in using Avenir ™ in their works.
Because of its excellent readability and modest look, it was embraced by the design communities all over the world. It is currently the main typeface used by companies such as LG Electronics and Leidos. See here for an extended list of the usages.
As can be seen, there are five fonts visually very close to Avenir ™ presented in this page: Florencesans, Lane, New Circle, Siple and Surrounding. Please read the license files (if included in the download file). The fonts in this page are either in public domain (which means they can be used in non-commercial and commercial uses) or free for personal use (which means you need to pay a fee if you want to use them in commercial works).
Florencesans is a font family by Apostrophic Labs. It consists of twenty four variations in five different weights.
Lane is a typeface by GemFonts. It includes four different forms.
New Cicle is designed by Tpk. There are six fonts in three weight with their regular and italic forms.
Siple is from Tomoyuki “Tee-Wat” Watanabe. It has four fonts in two weights and is free for personal use.
Surrounding by The Girl Who Cried Type. It includes two font and is free for personal use.
Check here to learn about how to install the fonts on your computer.