Designed by Max Meidinger in 1957; Helvetica still remains one of the most favoured and preferred font world over. The font derived its name from the Latin name of Switzerland, where it was first created in the Haas foundry. The grotesques from the late 19th century form its basis; however, years and many refinements later the font now finds itself to be a sub-category of sans serif of neo-grotesque.
Although, it was a product of the Haans foundry; post introduction it was soon purchased by the Stempel foundry to develop a complete series. It shifted hands again when it came to the United States in the 1960s. With Mergenthaler Linotype, a lot of new versions were added to the design and Helvetica became a highly versatile font.
Helvetica Black is a popular and versatile font very commonly used by designers in display applications like logos, billboard messages, newspapers and advertising. Even government offices, news channels and publishers find it convenient to use this font.
With the many versions and perpetual refinements, the popularity of Helvetica is expected to grow manifolds in the years to come.
See also: Free Helvetica Font: Helvetica Oblique