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iGav
Mar 6, 2008, 07:15 AM
For the philistines that haven't already seen it. ;)

Helvetica will save you (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2329006938497371913).



Blue Velvet
Mar 6, 2008, 07:26 AM
Cheers. Without a telly, I wasn't sure when I was going to see it. I shall tuck myself into bed tonight with the little MacBook, some cashew nuts and a glass of wine, and spend it in the company of 1950s Swiss typography. :)

robbieduncan
Mar 6, 2008, 08:31 AM
Ooh, excellent. I've wanted to see this but somehow never got round to it...

bbeers
Mar 6, 2008, 04:59 PM
It is definatly worth the watch. I loved it and recommend it to everyone. Well... maybe ont everyone... but most.

IgnatiusTheKing
Mar 6, 2008, 05:22 PM
Is there a way to download it so I don't have to watch it in the browser window? Or, even better, so I can put it on my iPod touch?

robbieduncan
Mar 6, 2008, 05:30 PM
Is there a way to download it so I don't have to watch it in the browser window? Or, even better, so I can put it on my iPod touch?

Read this (http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/mac/2006/01/24/google-video.html)...

SwiftLives
Mar 6, 2008, 06:34 PM
I started watching it.

It was tough to get through the David Carson part.

He...annoys me.

Blue Velvet
Mar 6, 2008, 06:43 PM
About one hour in... humbling and inspirational. I needed a shot in the arm to remind me why I like doing what I do.

A bunch of (mostly) old blokes getting passionate about type; love it. :)

Their minds completely confused by that disease called post-modernism.

xUKHCx
Mar 6, 2008, 06:47 PM
About one hour in... humbling and inspirational. I needed a shot in the arm to remind me why I like doing what I do.

A bunch of (mostly) old blokes getting passionate about type; love it. :)

Their minds completely confused by that disease called post-modernism.

I'm about an hour in also, sometimes I really wish I chose a different route and went into something like this rather than just going down the easy science route.

What was that app right near the beginning that they guy uses to demonstrate the differences between serif and sans serif etc.

Blue Velvet
Mar 6, 2008, 07:05 PM
What was that app right near the beginning that they guy uses to demonstrate the differences between serif and sans serif etc.


Not entirely sure, but something along the lines of FontLab Studio, specialist software for type designers.

Had to laugh when Michael C. Place was talking about designing wedding invitations... every word is true; extremely difficult to do in terms of managing client expectations.

Lau
Mar 6, 2008, 07:07 PM
A bunch of (mostly) old blokes getting passionate about type; love it. :)

Oh my god, did the intro not just please you more than any other thing in the whole world? I just sat there with a huge grin on my face.

(:o)

gusapple
Mar 6, 2008, 07:08 PM
Is there a way to download it so I don't have to watch it in the browser window? Or, even better, so I can put it on my iPod touch?

Might be a little late, but I absolutely love using this service. It is WAY easier than doing hours of code... www.zamzar.com

Blue Velvet
Mar 6, 2008, 07:28 PM
Oh my god, did the intro not just please you more than any other thing in the whole world? I just sat there with a huge grin on my face.


Yeah, the inking up and the drawings... :)

It also made me realise and remember where my design education started and later in the documentary, which supposedly opposite 'approaches' were seen as valid for any design problem by a given generation of designers. I've fallen in between two camps, being taught by people who were themselves by people who taught at the Bauhaus, then got waylaid into corporate design and publishing where you could only break the rules if you really understood them. A lot of my stuff these days isn't what you could call 'fresh' in the slightest...

Really has put me into a reflective mood. I also want a 30" ACD now, too. :)

heehee
Mar 6, 2008, 07:41 PM
Damn, it's gone already. :(

cgratti
Mar 6, 2008, 08:00 PM
it is a sweet documentary. Loved it so much I went out and bought it.

joepunk
Mar 7, 2008, 07:56 AM
Darn, it's gone (http://www.helveticafilm.com/blog/2008/01/25/on-google-video-and-the-new-paradigm/)

Oh well. Maybe it will be up online again (this time legit) or I'll have to purchase the DVD. I might get lucky and find it in some library collection either at a major Uni.

Blue Velvet
Mar 7, 2008, 08:15 AM
I had no idea it was up there illegally... didn't give it too much thought. :o

Still, I enjoyed it and really, good as it is as a documentary, I don't think it bears repeated viewing more than once or twice... most of the good historical info in there is in the public domain, anyway.

Eric Piercey
Mar 7, 2008, 11:20 AM
Thanks for the headsup. Enjoyed it.

Krebstar
Mar 7, 2008, 04:44 PM
Erik Spiekermann was most likely my favorite part of this film. Anyone else start using Helvetica a little more after watching this?