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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

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[first lines]
Rick Poynor: Type is saying things to us all the time. Typefaces express a mood, an atmosphere. They give words a certain coloring.
Michael Bierut: Everywhere you look you see typefaces. But there's one you probably see more than any other one, and that's Helvetica. You know, there it is, and it seems to come from no where. You know, it seems like air? It seems like gravity?
Jonathan Hoefler: And it's hard to evaluate it. It's like being asked what you think about off-white paint. It's just... it's just there. And it's hard to ...
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Simply Brilliant!
12 January 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Helvetica, do you know? Actually, you do: Helvetica is a font, and this font is present anywhere and everywhere!

How to make 80 minutes-long documentary on a font? By combining reports from cities around the world and interviews with designers, this film tells the story of the Helvetica, since its Swiss origins, 50 years ago, to its multiple present uses.

With a perfect sense of rhythm, the film is served by a splendid image. The interviews are brilliant, with a pinch of humour. Also to note, a special mention goes for the music, especially composed for the film and based on the theme "Helvetica".

95 minutes of bonus provide extra details.

In conclusion, simply brilliant!


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