Last week I wrote about the top typography lessons available only (check it out to refresh your memory). When I tweeted the story out, I joking asked what my followers’ favorite font was. Right away my brother tweeted back “Helvetica…oh and by the way there is a documentary about it on Netflix.”
Surprised by his answer I immediate put the movie in my Instant Queue to watch that evening. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a nerd on the subject, but the documentary was astonishing. Never would I thought something as simple as a single font would have such far reaching and profound effect on our culture. Without giving too much away, let me summarize the film in an excerpt from the movie’s website. I highly encourage you to watch the film for yourself.
“Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.”
So check out the movie on Netflix, or if you are too cheap for the $7.99 subscription just click here. You will not be disappointed.