Is this free US government font the new Helvetica?

Examples of Public Sans in a range of colours

The United States federal government might not seem like the most obvious source of good type design, however its recently launched design framework includes a free font that could be a practical alternative for designers bored of using Helvetica: Public Sans.

Released by the General Services Administration, an independent branch of the US government responsible for facilitating the work of federal agencies, Public Sans is a clean and neutral typeface that's part of a new design framework for government websites.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.