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Helvetica (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 September 2007 (USA)
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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

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Gary Hustwit
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Manfred Schulz Manfred Schulz ... Himself
Massimo Vignelli Massimo Vignelli ... Himself
Rick Poynor Rick Poynor ... Himself
Wim Crouwel Wim Crouwel ... Himself
Matthew Carter Matthew Carter ... Himself
Alfred Hoffmann Alfred Hoffmann ... Himself
Mike Parker Mike Parker ... Himself
Otmar Hoefer Otmar Hoefer ... Himself
Bruno Steinert Bruno Steinert ... Himself
Hermann Zapf Hermann Zapf ... Himself
Michael Bierut Michael Bierut ... Himself
Leslie Savan Leslie Savan ... Herself
Tobias Frere-Jones Tobias Frere-Jones ... Himself
Jonathan Hoefler Jonathan Hoefler ... Himself
Erik Spiekermann Erik Spiekermann ... Himself
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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гельветика See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,614, 18 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$204,000, 1 June 2008
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Production Co:

Veer, Swiss Dots See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

[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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Thinking Loudly
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Watch and learn what our fonts say about us
18 September 2008 | by barbheningerSee all my reviews

This movie is brilliant. It's a documentary about the creation of the Helvetica font, sure. But it's also: a musing on the history of modern graphic design. A diatribe (by some) about a font seen as style-killingly ubiquitous. A visit to favorite graphic designs of years past. A reflection about what our fonts say about us.

If you are a graphic designer, you'll love it. If you live with a graphic designer, you'll shake your head and say, "Yup" in recognition. If you don't pay any attention to graphic design, you may think about it just a tiny bit more after seeing this movie. And you will definitely come out of it with SOME opinion about the Helvetica font.


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