Posted by Scott

helvetireader.jpg If you read anywhere as many blogs as me, you probably use an RSS reader. My absolute favorite is Google’s Reader; it’s web-based, lightweight, and has all the functionality I could ever need. The only problem is that, like all other Google products, it looks like a Google product. Enter “Helvetireader”, a minimal, Helvetica-themed interface for Google Reader. The theme works with most browsers, more info is here.

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Kenny G. Villacorta says:

December 17, 2008 at 4:42 am

This looks pretty nice, I’m using it right now. I like Google reader too. Eventually Google is going to bring the themes from Gmail into Google reader, but Helvetireader is much nicer.


Melvin says:

December 17, 2008 at 7:54 am

looks pretty clean indeed, I’m using bloglines witch works okay, but it has allot of options i don’t ever use + it is not as fast as i hoped it would be. I was wondering if it was possible to export all my feeds into another reader?


Brian says:

December 17, 2008 at 9:44 am

The funny thing is, based on your screen cap it looks as if you don’t have Helvetica :) Looks like arial…

anyway, it is a nice looking reader and I’m going to try it out


Scott says:

December 17, 2008 at 1:25 pm

that’s the official screen-cap from the helvetireader site… I am no font expert, but I’ll take a wild guess and say that they probably used helvetica for that screen cap.


Brandon says:

December 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm


Ive been using it for a few weeks now and love it so much more then the standard google reader. Now I need to start organizing all my subscriptions….How many do you currently have? Favorites?


John D. says:

December 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm

This is awesome, I just saw this post while searching for a new online rss reader. I was trying to find an alternative to Google Reader because it was so damn ugly, but I really did like its features. I had no idea it could be customized. Now I just have to figure out how to get it working with Chrome…


Pedro says:

December 17, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Looks nice, and feels a little faster too. I changed the css a little bit though, because Helvetica doesn’t look very nice for web text in Windows. I chose Trebuchet instead.

Does anyone know how to make Helvetica look nice in small sizes in Windows?


Jeff Olsen says:

December 18, 2008 at 2:08 am

Scott, your blog is by far my favorite, and has long been a staple on my bookmarks bar. I’d love to see a post about your favorite/most frequented blogs :)


Brian says:

December 18, 2008 at 8:39 am


Sorry, I just assumed it was your screencap. I’m no font expert either, and after further review I was bass ackwards on fonts. It is Helvetica. I was looking at the “r” and thought I remember that arial “r’s” ended at 90 degrees instead of at an angle. But it is the other way around.