Friday, July 04, 2008


I wish I had one iota of design sense.

The independent, feature-length documentary Helvetica tells the story of this ubiquitous modern font while also providing a sense of the evolution that's occurred in typeface, from the messy, silly busyness of design of the 50s, to the modern period characterized by Helvetica everywhere, to the post-modern period of illustrated fonts, and back to a rebirth of Helvetica. Fascinating if you're into that sort of thing.

Here are a couple other fun font items:
  • A story in the August 12, 2007 New York Times Magazine describes the design of Clearview, the font of road signs.
  • Fontshop is a font site with free tools for creating fonts. Since I'm incapable of designing fonts, I just enjoy looking at the gallery to marvel at what creative people can do.


Scooter said...

A very Lileksian post. Also, a very scooterian one. I love this stuff.

Stephanie said...

The new subtitle, btw, is what a post-modernist thinks the Helvetica font "says". Lots of the designers interviewed/discussed are European -- Dutch, Swiss, and German in particular.