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February 12, 2007

Crouwel Event Pics

Hamish Muir (8vo) and Wim Crouwel at the opening of Crouwel’s solo exhibition at Galerie Anatome in Paris last Friday night. The show continues through April 28. More pictures via Xavier Encinas’ new design blog Swiss Legacy. Read More

February 6, 2007

Helvetica World Premiere!

That’s right, font film fans: Helvetica will have its World Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 13th. I’ll be in attendance to answer questions and buy drinks, along with a few designers from the film, TBA. There will be two … Read More

February 5, 2007

Creative Capital accepting film grant proposals

Creative Capital is an arts funding organization which I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with. Over the years, their grants and support have helped indie filmmakers like Sam Green, Braden King, Peter Sillen and dozens of others. The grants are generous, but the biggest perk is their annual … Read More

February 2, 2007

What do the Bauhaus and Black Flag have in common?

Graphics Incognito is a great essay by designer Mark Owens (for the journal Dot Dot Dot) that looks at the connections between the use of abstraction by the early avant-garde movements and the graphic techniques deployed by American punk bands in the 1980s. Since I worked for … Read More

February 2, 2007


Max Kaplun made this short film about his Helvetica-themed art school project. After nixing a “Helvending Machine” that would dispense various weights of the typeface, he settles on a suitably disorganized target and Helvetisizes it. My favorite quote: “I began to hate Helvetica, and I could feel my stomach turn … Read More

February 1, 2007

Wim Crouwel Exhibition

Helvetica participant and design legend Wim Crouwel is the focus of an upcoming show at the Galerie Anatome in Paris. “Wim Crouwel: architectures typographiques 1956-1976″ will run February 9th to April 28th, and there will be a presentation of the exhibition catalog designed by Experimental Jetset (who … Read More

January 29, 2007

You like to watch

So far about 50,000 of you have watched the video clips from Helvetica. Nice! I would really like to post more clips, but I’m facing opposition from Shelby, our editor. Here’s a typical conversation from the edit suite: Me: “Hey, maybe we could post some of Matthew Carter’s interview … Read More

January 26, 2007

Print Party Pix

Pentagram New York was kind enough to host a reception for our print series on Thursday night. Drinks were drunk, a few clips from the film were screened, and revelry was revelled. Special thanks to Michael Bierut, Paula Scher, and everyone at Pentagram for having us. The crew: … Read More

January 25, 2007

Welcome to the new Helvetica Blog

Yes, it looks just like the old Helvetica Blog… but it’s better. We switched to WordPress, so now you can leave comments, and it’s got other handy features. If you’ve subscribed to the old blog feed, you’ll need to resubscribe to the new RSS feed here. Thanks to Portuguese … Read More

January 24, 2007

Got Milk?

Found this on YouTube. It’s sort of like a cross between Helvetica and Ace of Cakes… Happy Birthday Helvetica! … Read More