Helvetica Forever: Story of a Typeface

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Designed in 1957, the Helvetica font is an icon of Swiss graphic design, which was a model of sober, functional communication throughout the world in the 1950s and 60s. The balanced and neutral appearance of Helvetica forgoes a high degree of expressivity a quality for which it is both criticized and admired. This polarization has helped to gain it unparalleled notoriety. Helvetica is far and away the most widely used of all typefaces; according to a survey by the Berliner Fontshop-Archiv, it tops the list of ...
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Overview


Designed in 1957, the Helvetica font is an icon of Swiss graphic design, which was a model of sober, functional communication throughout the world in the 1950s and 60s. The balanced and neutral appearance of Helvetica forgoes a high degree of expressivity a quality for which it is both criticized and admired. This polarization has helped to gain it unparalleled notoriety. Helvetica is far and away the most widely used of all typefaces; according to a survey by the Berliner Fontshop-Archiv, it tops the list of the hundred best fonts of all time. This publication retraces Helvetica s fifty-year history, compares it to the well-known sans serif fonts of the twentieth century, and examines the phenomenon of its unparalleled spread. Numerous illustrations show a multitude of ways the font has been used in five decades from a wide variety of fields from signal design to party flyers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783037781210
  • Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/27/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,443,895
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lars Müller was born in Oslo 1955 and has been living in Switzerland since 1963. After doing his apprenticship as a graphic designer, and years of apprenticeship and travel in the USA and Holland, he opened a studio in Baden in 1982. In 1983, Lars Müller began publishing books on typography, design, art photography, and architecture.
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