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

January 24, 2007

100 Best Typefaces of All Time

Font Shop International has released their list of The 100 Best Typefaces of All Time. Guess who’s Number 1? You can read the full list at their site. It’s in German, but “world champion” translates into any language… … Read More

January 22, 2007

Home Sweet Helvetica

Sure, Helvetica was originally from Münchenstein, Switzerland, but who knew it had a holiday retreat in the hills outside Barcelona? Thanks to Richard Harrington for this photo, apparently it’s the home of an elderly Swiss couple. Read More

January 19, 2007

Having a Helvetica hair day?

Okay, is there a trend now to name your business after a typeface? First we had the Helvetica Cafe in Melbourne. Now, Pakpoom Lamoonpan, a Thai designer living in Tokyo, has sent me this photo of Helvetica Hair??? Nice. If anyone else has spotted a Helvetica-themed company, please hit me … Read More