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

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Massimo Vignelli ...
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Rick Poynor ...
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Wim Crouwel ...
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Matthew Carter ...
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Alfred Hoffmann ...
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Bruno Steinert ...
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Hermann Zapf ...
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Michael Bierut ...
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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

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Гельветика  »

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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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Type is saying things to us all the time. Typefaces express a mood, an atmosphere. They give words a certain coloring.
26 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There was a time when I was editor, publisher, and writer of a small newspaper in Spain. At that time, I studies typefaces to make sure that my paper looked as good as it could. In light of that I was interested in this documentary about the most popular typeface designed.

Helvetica has been around 50 years, and is the "default" type according to Erik Spiekermann, who really gives an exciting discussion of the type.

Many others chime in on the pros and cons of Helvetica. It is a fascinating journey into design. Exploring where we have been and where we are going in even the simple areas of life helps us understand who we are.


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