Here’s another one of the 41 short films that’ll be included on the DVD: Dutch designer Wim Crouwel discusses the Proposal for a New Alphabet, his revolutionary 1967 response to the emergence of digital technology in typography.
Nice story on the film today in London’s Daily Telegraph:
“The replacement of a previous era’s idiosyncratic signage — hand-drawn, pictorial, full of energetic italics — by a font that is characterised by its focus on clarity and grid-like segmentation mirrors the growing homogenisation of our cities; the clamour, clutter and mystique of the manufacturing era giving way to the over-lit, deodorised landscapes of the post-industrial service economy.”
Realized I hadn’t done a post on these screenings from the week before last. It was a busy week, with encore screenings in Portland and San Francisco, and the Vancouver GDC screenings with 1,000 people in attendance. Portland was dyn-o-mite: a screening for the staff at Weiden+Kennedy (thanks Eric and W+K 12!), and our return to the always fun Hollywood Theater. And at the San Francisco screening, the Consul General of Switzerland, Jean-François Lichtenstern, came to see the film!
It’s official: the Swiss Government loves Helvetica
Then I was off to Vancouver for the massively sold-out premiere, organized by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Over 1,000 people were there, along with Helvetica acolyte and local hero Douglas Coupland and Canadian type legend Jim Rimmer. Jim also received an honorary award from the GDC that evening. Douglas rambled hilariously about about fonts and pharmaceuticals. Thanks to Cory, Mark, Danielle, and everyone at the GDC for putting on one of the biggest events we’ve had. And thanks for Julio, the cinema’s projectionist, for tech service above and beyond the call of duty.
I know, it’s crazy, but they just keep on coming: Phoenix, Copenhagen, Winnipeg, Sheffield, Cleveland, Amsterdam, and more:
So I was helping out with some work on the site this morning, and I inadvertently deleted this entire blog… I was freaking out, thinking back on the months and months of postings that were now lost, and pondering the impermanence of this digital medium. Thankfully our ISP occasionally backs up our server, and they were able to restore it…
Here’s some of the metal type we’ll be including in the limited-edition boxes. Vintage examples of Helvetica Extended Bold… cast at the old Stempel foundry in Germany. Nice.
In these two interview clips from the DVD extras, legendary type designer Hermann Zapf discusses his career, and gives his thoughts on Univers, Helvetica, and coffee…
The DVD edition of Helvetica is now available for pre-order, in two flavors. The retail edition of the DVD includes over 90 minutes of bonus interview footage from Massimo Vignelli, Erik Spiekermann, Matthew Carter, David Carson, Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, and other designers from the film. There’s also a special limited-edition package, with letterpressed mini-posters, a signed C-print, a letter of actual Helvetica metal type, and other goodies. Release date November 6, but pre-order now and you’ll get the DVD before it’s in shops!
Tickets are now available for the September 1st premiere event at the ICA London. Join me, design writer Rick Poynor, and designer Michael C. Place (Build) for a screening, Q&A, and ICA bar event with special guest designer DJ sets! Get tickets quickly, there are less than 200 total available…