Recent “Helvetica” Posts

  • Aug 17
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Helvetica “Mad Men” limited-edition print

Swiss Dots has produced a new limited-edition screenprint inspired by a 1960’s promotional poster for Helvetica, a version of which keeps popping up on Mad Men this season.

Hand screenprinted on archival 300gsm paper, A2 size (16 1/2″ x 23 1/2″) in a numbered edition of 100 copies, each signed by director Gary Hustwit. $150, order one while they last.

Update, the prints are SOLD OUT!

Categories: Film News, Helvetica, Merchandise

  • Aug 17
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Objectified on Netflix “Watch Instantly”

Attention Netflix subscribers, Objectified is now available to stream through Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” program. Helvetica too.

Categories: Film News, Helvetica

Helvetica condensed

It’s Helvetica night in America, the 53-minute TV version of the film airs on PBS tonight (in some cities it’s on this weekend, check your local listings for Independent Lens, the series that it’s part of). So I’ll be curling up on the sofa and watching… Louis Malle’s 1974 documentary Place de la République.

But I am going to watch the introduction to Helvetica, in which I think actor Terrence Howard, who hosts Independent Lens, says something along the lines of, “Hey baby, what’s your font?” Now that’s must-see television, my friends.

Happy viewing!

Categories: Helvetica, Musings

Helvetica event at the Philoctetes Center

This Saturday in New York City, the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (whew) presents Helvetica: Typography and Literacy: a free screening of Helvetica and all-star roundtable discussion. The film will screen at 1pm, followed by a roundtable at 2:30pm with myself, lettering artist Christopher Calderhead, New York Times Magazine Art Director Arem Duplessis, calligrapher Elinor Aishah Holland, and artist Elaine Lustig Cohen, moderated by SVA design god and man-of-a-thousand-design-books Steven Heller.

Four big reasons to go:
1) It’s free (first come, first seated)
2) This roundtable is going to be crazy
3) It might be the only public Helvetica screening I’ll be participating in this year
4) The Philoctetes Center got burned in the Madoff scandal, lost their funding, and could really use your support

Helvetica: Typography and Literacy
Saturday, January 10, 1pm
247 E. 82nd Street, NYC

Hope to see you there,

Categories: Design News, Helvetica


Don’t get drunk while you’re watching Helvetica… or you might wake up the next morning with one of these:

We might owe this guy a free DVD. Full story here…

Categories: Helvetica, Musings

  • Dec 18
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PBS launches Helvetica mini-site

As part of the build-up to Helvetica’s US television debut, PBS has launched a fairly extensive mini-site with loads of info, clips, and other treats. Helvetica will be broadcast nationwide on Tuesday, January 6th, but check your local PBS listings for exact date and time in your area.

Play the What Font Are You? game… I did, and apparently, I’m Times New Roman!


Categories: Helvetica

Free Helvetica screenings all month!

In advance of the US television premiere of Helvetica on January 6th, ITVS and PBS have organized free screenings of the film in dozens of cities across the country as part of their Community Cinema program. See the film free in your city this month:

December 3
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland CA, USA
James Moore Theatre, 6pm, free.

December 4
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis MI, USA
7:00pm, free.

December 4
The Rotunda, Philadelphia PA, USA
6:30pm, free.

December 4
Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka CA, USA
6pm, free.

December 4
Busboys and Poets, Washington DC, USA
6:30pm, free.

December 6
Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs NY, USA
3:00pm, free.

December 6
SIFF Cinema, Seattle WA, USA
Nelsholm Family Lecture Hall on the lower level of McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. 5:00pm, free.

December 7
Statesboro Regional Library, Statesboro GA, USA
4:00pm, free.

December 9
ISU Pond Student Union, Pocatello ID, USA
Bengal Theater, 5:15pm, free.

December 9
San Francisco Main Public Library, San Francisco CA, USA
Koret Auditorium, 6pm, free.

December 10
San Diego Public Library, San Diego CA, USA
Third Floor Auditorium, 6:30pm, free.

December 10
Starz FilmCenter, Denver CO, USA
7:00pm, free.

December 10
Florida International University, Miami FL, USA
8:00pm, free.

December 10
University of Evansville, Evansville IN, USA
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall 251A. 7:00pm, free.

December 13
Boston Public Library, Boston MA, USA
Rabb Lecture Hall, 2:00pm, free.

December 16
The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA, USA
7:30pm, free.

December 17
Nashville Public Library, Nashville TN, USA
6:00pm, free.

December 18
College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI, USA
Wendell W. Anderson, Jr. Auditorium, 7:00pm, free.

December 19
Guerrilla Griots Media Arts Center, Ithica NY, USA
Henry St. John Building – Suite 103, 7:00pm, free.

December 20
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL, USA
2:00pm, free.

Categories: Helvetica

Magic pen writes in Helvetica!

Ahhhh… technology. The geniuses at Plexifilm have spent the past two years developing a Sharpie pen that actually writes in Helvetica! This pen is so experimental that it’s priceless… literally. You can’t buy one, but you can get one free with any Helvetica merchandise purchase (DVD, T-shirt, etc.). Get your free pen while they last. It’s a great gift for that person in your life with sloppy handwriting…

* Warning: if you are John Downer or Marian Bantjes then the pen will actually write in Helvetica. Otherwise, your results may vary. Do not swallow. Keep away from open flame and co-workers. May cause drowsiness.

Categories: Helvetica

Vote Helvetica!

Attention voters! A Helvetica fan has nominated the movie for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards People’s Design Award. So please take a minute and vote, the deadline is October 21st. Yes we can (beat Design Observer)!!!

Categories: Helvetica

  • Sep 25
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Go back to school with Helvetica

Attention educators: Plexifilm has announced lower pricing on the institutional DVD version of Helvetica, for schools, libraries, and cultural institutions. Institutional copies include a limited public performance license for classroom use, on-campus screenings and other non-commercial showings. Get more info.

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