Why did Apple choose Helvetica for the iPhone/iPad?

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  1. Digital Corsair macrumors newbie

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    I've always wondered why Apple went with Helvetica instead of Lucida Grande on the iPhone (and eventually, the iPad).

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. deannnnn macrumors 68000

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    I personally hate Lucida Grande and it drives me crazy when people don't change it in their Final Cut Pro titles ;)
     
  3. THENIZZZEIL macrumors member

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    i'm not sure where i seen this, but i think helvetica means "perfect" ?? thats just coming off the top of my head
     
  4. malnar macrumors 6502a

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    We're getting off track here, but Helvetica is a derivation of the Latin name for Switzerland, Helvetia, where it was created. You may be thinking of people referring to it as the "perfect" font because it fits nearly everything - it's used all over the place. McDonald's is probably the most prominent logo associated with Helvetica, but also American Airlines, among many, many others. Microsoft created the knock-off Arial because Helvetica is so successful, but they didn't want to pay the higher price for Helvetica.
     
  5. mkjj macrumors 6502a

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    Nice font, classic, easy on the eye. Tons of weights and variants.

    Latest version is Helvetica Neue LT Pro

    Still got a soft spot for Apple old Garamond font though!
     
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  9. Digital Corsair thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's as good an answer as any, lol.
     
  10. james92se macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting thread. I stumbled across this documentary on Netflix a few weeks ago and I've gotta say it was surprisingly good/interesting/fascinating considering it's all about fonts and typography.

    Anyway, give it a watch. You can watch it instantly on Netflix on the iPhone even. It's pretty cool and explains how/why Helvetica is basically the most used font in the world.

    http://www.helveticafilm.com/
     
  11. wyneken macrumors regular

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    Ha, me too! Isn't that what they used in their print ads for years and years?
     
  12. exemos macrumors member

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  13. swoods93631 macrumors regular

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    Why not Comic Sans... Thats the best font in the world!
     
  14. Mochi Hana macrumors 6502a

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    That shirt is awesome. :D
     
  15. ssdeg7 macrumors 6502a

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    Why not
     

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