The other day I found myself needing to find a viable substitute for Helvetica Neue in a web design. I tried several Google fonts, and finally decided that Raleway was about as close as I could get. As you can see, it is not too far off:
Raleway is not a Perfect Substitute
Okay, so if you are a font nerd like me, you can tell that it is actually pretty divergent from Helvetica Neue. Honestly, though, how many of our clients have a trained font eye? Tthe reality is Helvetica Neue just doesn’t have the browser support out there, and @font-face is not an option for most of us due to licensing cost.
So, if you are looking for a Google font substitute for Helvetica Neue, give Raleway a try.