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Happy 50th, Helvetica! :)

Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by 2NinerNiner2, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. 2NinerNiner2

    2NinerNiner2 Very Active Member

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    Come on...she's not that bad...you just have to get to know her!!!!
     

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  3. Rich

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    and I thought it was older than me!
     
  4. weaselboogie

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    I've been camped in my tent out infront of walmart for weeks. Just waiting for the movie to come out directly to dvd.
     
  5. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    ohhhh WOW can't wait till the movie arrives in town ..hope I can get advanced tickets to aviod the rush
    thank you n enjoy life
     
  6. weaselboogie

    weaselboogie Very Active Member

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    watch the trailer. They're hilarious. The guy actually said that "some people like to look at booties. He likes to look at fonts"
    I kid you not.
     
  7. Steve C.

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    The documentary was here (in Dallas) last month. I did attend one
    of the films at the AFI festival, but did not hear about Helvetica until a
    week after it's last showing. Hope it comes back this way.
     
  8. 2NinerNiner2

    2NinerNiner2 Very Active Member

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    Thanks, Steve C. ....I checked the schedule, and as it turns out, the film is being shown, literally, across the street from me, at Concordia University, in May!

    And to all that may poke fun at or otherwise deride this endeavor, perhaps a review of some of the recent threads here regarding design ability, or lack thereof, would indicate that any and all information (in this case 'free' - admission to the film is by donation to a local charity) in this area would be a great place to learn and maybe assist in breaking down that "I can't design one for myself" barrier :)

    Cheers!
    Lyle
     
  9. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    I think that Helvetica is one of the most beautiful type faces ever created. The subtle "thicks and thins" of the forms are absolutely perfect. The curves of the rounds and that "R" was ground breaking in it's design. All making for one of the most readable and clean sans serif type styles ever. Many have come into "font design" to add or take away bits to call it many other names...but, there's nothing like looking and working with the real thing. The "bastards" just don't cut it. :wink:

    And for those who think it's "just a block letter". Try hand lettering it and see how easy it is. LOL :thumb:

    ~Gear
     
  10. Rich

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    Your right there 'ol Gear! It one one of the first typestyles my mentor had me master while learning hand lettering. A very effective letter for readability!
     
  11. weaselboogie

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    I love fonts, but I'll wait for the sequel.
     
  12. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    I remember seeing it spring up in every airport over here after it hit really big in the UK. Oh, remember the arrows that came out with it? Ya gotta just still LOVE that "helvetica arrow in a circle" for directionals. ...right? :thumb:
     
  13. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

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    Ain't that the truth!
    I can remember the first time I saw the type on a sign and was really taken
    by it's simple beauty. So next time I did a design I thought I'd try using it.
    Not so easy. Especially without a full face pattern. But I kept using it for a
    while and got tired of it. So a while later I went to work for a large display
    company who did a lot of work for Bell Helicopeter. Everything they did was
    in Helvetica. I really grew to hate it.
     
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