View Full Version : Why is Mac OS X moving to Helvetica OR Non Lucida Grande Fonts?
Feb 25, 2011, 07:29 AM
I really like the present UI of Mac OS X, especially the fonts that have been used through out the system.
iLife and Mac OS X Lion - Contacts/Calendar show that Apple is using Non-Lucida Grande or Helvetica Fonts. Why is this change coming to the Mac OS X?
It's quite disturbing as not everybody likes Helvetica. I guess a lot of people like good fonts, fonts that Apple has used before in Mac OS X. This change is not very pleasing. What do you guys think?
Feb 25, 2011, 07:46 AM
Personally, I think the more Helvetica the better ... especially if it's Neue, which is a more Helvetica-y Helvetica. It looks gorgeous on the iPhone 4.
Feb 25, 2011, 08:51 AM
They are cleaner.
Jun 9, 2011, 05:41 AM
Agree with thread starter. I'm completely against the use of Helvetica, not only is the baseline of the font screwed up but it is far too condensed and difficult to read. It's too large, bulky and fsckin UGLY. It's probably the worst choice of font for a user interface, it's terribly old fashioned and totally UNCOOL and stands out like dogs balls when mixed with LucidaGrande.
Helvetica on iOS is atrocious. Too big, fat, bold and condensed. iOS poorly uses the font since its so large the name of video files in the video app and audio files in the iPod app are so severely truncated they are illegible.
Jun 9, 2011, 05:48 AM
I love Helvetica Neue - The more the better. As long as it's consistent throughout the system.
Everyone knows Helvetica is the Queen of fonts.
Jun 9, 2011, 06:07 AM
Could someone show comparison screenshots of the OS X UI in Helvetica and in Lucida Grande (Lion vs. Snow Leopard)?
I don't know what it looks like in Lion, but generally I like Helvetica. It's a clean and modern font, but a bit tighter-spaced and thus a bit harder on the eye though, maybe they should stick with Lucida Grande as it worked so well...
Jun 9, 2011, 09:17 AM
You should all watch Helvetica:
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