Tuesday 17 July 2007

I heart Helvetica

Continuing in this vein ...

In yesterday's Guardian, AndrewDickinson interviewed Helvetica documentary maker Gary Hustwit. Some interesting facts:

  • A huge H made out of Swiss cheese was created for a showing of the film in Philadelphia
  • Helvetica is the font of the United Nations
  • A Cyrillic variant of the font has been created.
My favourite quote so far, from Massimo Vignelli, the designer who used Helvetica to create the American airlines logo in 1966:

The life of a designer is a life of fight, fight against ugliness, just like a doctor fights against disease.

Helvetica screens in Wellington on 27 and 29 July , as part of the International Film Festival.

Image: still from Helvetica, directed by Gary Hustwit.

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