A Documentary Film

DVD - 2007
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A documentary about typography, graphic design and global visual culture, which looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Plexifilm, c2007
Branch Call Number: DVD 686.22 HEL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 09, 2013

A wonderful little movie for type gooks everywhere!

FishbowlB77 Jul 20, 2012

This wonderful bold facetype is the focus of this wonderful documentary. Its popularity is due to the widely used lettering in the New York Transit System. - I remember the 1972 Subway map (with the BROWN water) that had all the lines, including the now non - exsistent Culver Shuttle.

nycscribe Oct 29, 2011

Great documentary for designers and type lovers. Detailed history of the font and good interviews with design legends and leaders. Be sure to watch the bonus interviews (95 min), which were interesting and funny.

Jul 06, 2010

An enjoyable film for any designer or those involved in the print industry, and perhaps even marketing/PR folks could enjoy it.

As someone who's used Helvetica a lot (and not always happily) this movie was an interesting look on the questions we wonder about but never ask: where did the font come from? How do fonts become so popular? How much work is put into designing one? Some great typography masters in this film too. It's a tribute to the artistic generation before computers were around.

What's really noticeable after watching the movie is how easily you'll recognize Helvetica around you.


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Mar 18, 2012

A documentary about a typeface? When said typeface is a ubiquitous piece of graphic design, yes. Helvetica--a sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 at the Haas Foundry in Munchenstein, Switzerland--has partisans and detractors, a great number of them graphic designers and theorists, who express their... Featuring Manfred Schulz, Massimo Vignelli, Rick Poynor, Wim Crouwel, Alfred Hoffmann, Mike Parker, Otmar Hoefer, Bruno Steinert, Hermann Zapf, Michael Bierut, Leslie Savan, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jonathan Hoefler, Erik Spiekermann, Neville Brody, Lars Mùˆller, Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, Experimental Jetset, Michael C. Place, Norm.

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