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(CNN)   CNN salutes over 60 years of the font Helvetica, originally named Neue Haas Grotesk and later changed because the name sucked. Expert: "Helvetica met our craving for corporate vanilla"   (cnn.com) divider line
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2020-03-30 12:09:51 PM  
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2020-03-30 12:49:56 PM  
Helvetica is a marvelous font for really short pieces of text.

But after the 3rd paragraph it gets really tiring to read
 
2020-03-30 12:52:28 PM  

TommyDeuce: [Fark user image 500x63]


no
 
2020-03-30 12:54:53 PM  
There's a drag queen in Seattle named Helvetica Bold.
 
2020-03-30 12:57:35 PM  
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Neat documentary, if you ever wanted to learn about Helvetica.
 
2020-03-30 12:58:21 PM  
There was a documentary on it a few years ago.

A company that I used to work for (it was well known as a design trendsetter and defined a certain part of their market) used helvetica light (45) in their logo.

And...every email had be in it.  All marketing material.  All written communication had to be in it.  I, as a director level IT person was tasked with making sure it was the default font

And God help you if you used Arial.
 
2020-03-30 12:58:44 PM  

Weatherkiss: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x324]

Neat documentary, if you ever wanted to learn about Helvetica.


Gah...too late.
 
2020-03-30 12:59:13 PM  
Papyrus - SNL
Youtube jVhlJNJopOQ



/Been rewatching a lot of the classics lately
 
2020-03-30 12:59:22 PM  
Damn. And here I thought Helvetica was a cheese.
 
2020-03-30 12:59:58 PM  
Needs more umlauts.
 
2020-03-30 1:02:54 PM  
It's truly my most hated font. I used to work in the sign business and the little foot on the capital R just enrages me for no rational reason other than the tendency for familiarity to breed contempt.
 
2020-03-30 1:05:42 PM  
I don't want to put Helvetica down, but I'm a Garamond man myself
 
2020-03-30 1:07:35 PM  

J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: I don't want to put Helvetica down, but I'm a Garamond man myself


Copperplate Gothic 4 LyFe
 
2020-03-30 1:09:21 PM  
I interact with a director via email once or twice a month and they use purple comic sans as default font and color in outlook. So clowny looking
 
2020-03-30 1:09:29 PM  

IRestoreFurniture: There was a documentary on it a few years ago.

A company that I used to work for (it was well known as a design trendsetter and defined a certain part of their market) used helvetica light (45) in their logo.

And...every email had be in it.  All marketing material.  All written communication had to be in it.  I, as a director level IT person was tasked with making sure it was the default font

And God help you if you used Arial.



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2020-03-30 1:09:59 PM  

TommyDeuce: [Fark user image 500x63]


Comic Sans RULEZ!
 
2020-03-30 1:10:04 PM  

IRestoreFurniture: And God help you if you used Arial.


Receiving an email in 10 pt Arial in system-default blue (with no auto signature, naturally) is a sure sign that the person you're corresponding with is an idiot who will not be able to help you.
 
2020-03-30 1:11:20 PM  
I like Veranda personally.
 
2020-03-30 1:11:41 PM  
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2020-03-30 1:11:41 PM  

10Woodsman: It's truly my most hated font. I used to work in the sign business and the little foot on the capital R just enrages me for no rational reason other than the tendency for familiarity to breed contempt.


What do you mean the capital R?  *looks it up*  Oh, right, I never notice because I see it all the time, but, yeah....

/grrrr
 
2020-03-30 1:13:32 PM  
I just can't manage to give a shiat.
 
2020-03-30 1:13:53 PM  
Cantrarell Regular for me
 
2020-03-30 1:14:54 PM  

IDisME: 10Woodsman: It's truly my most hated font. I used to work in the sign business and the little foot on the capital R just enrages me for no rational reason other than the tendency for familiarity to breed contempt.

What do you mean the capital R?  *looks it up*  Oh, right, I never notice because I see it all the time, but, yeah....

/grrrr


Oh sweet god I just saw it for the first time and I already want to smash my phone.

WHY IS THAT THING EVEN THERE???
 
2020-03-30 1:16:07 PM  
Charcoal was cool back in the day
 
2020-03-30 1:17:17 PM  
Helvetica hasn't been the same since Cliff Burton died.
 
2020-03-30 1:17:46 PM  

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2020-03-30 1:18:43 PM  

omg bbq: IDisME: 10Woodsman: It's truly my most hated font. I used to work in the sign business and the little foot on the capital R just enrages me for no rational reason other than the tendency for familiarity to breed contempt.

What do you mean the capital R?  *looks it up*  Oh, right, I never notice because I see it all the time, but, yeah....

/grrrr

Oh sweet god I just saw it for the first time and I already want to smash my phone.

WHY IS THAT THING EVEN THERE???


For further enragement, look up kern text.  You will hate everything poorly kerned thereafter.  There is a lot to hate, let me tell ya....
 
2020-03-30 1:26:58 PM  

Truck Fump: TommyDeuce: [Fark user image 500x63]

Comic Sans RULEZ!


I do like to crack jokes here, but I'm not really *that* funny.
 
2020-03-30 1:28:39 PM  
Is getting tired from reading some font the new version of "fast food gives me the shiats"?
 
2020-03-30 1:31:06 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: IRestoreFurniture: And God help you if you used Arial.

Receiving an email in 10 pt Arial in system-default blue (with no auto signature, naturally) is a sure sign that the person you're corresponding with is an idiot who will not be able to help you.


Yeah, that as well.  But Arial is MS's free version of helvetica (there are if course slight differences) and it was literally considered an affront to this company.

The real problem with fonts though is that if the receiver didn't have the font installed...
 
2020-03-30 1:31:52 PM  

IDisME: omg bbq:

For further enragement, look up kern text.  You will hate everything poorly kerned thereafter.  There is a lot to hate, let me tell ya....


Oh dude, kerning and leading both. I am practically OCD about it, end up staring at the screen way too long moving the letters juuuust soooo...

In my hometown an architectural firm erected a very expensive dimensional sign a while back, featuring their company's initial letters stacked one atop the other vertically. Three of the letters have flat bottoms but the top one is a capital G. In typography, round-bottom letters actually sit a little below the text baseline, but nobody accounted for that when they built this 12-foot-tall sign - so the G is too far above the letter below, and that inch or so of difference drives me nuts every time I drive by.
 
2020-03-30 1:32:33 PM  
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So,during my GIS for the above, it turns out there's a burlesque performer named "Ariel Helvetica."

Yup.
 
2020-03-30 1:34:43 PM  
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2020-03-30 1:34:52 PM  

LucklessWonder: J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: I don't want to put Helvetica down, but I'm a Garamond man myself

Copperplate Gothic 4 LyFe


I made my own font from my own handwriting.
 
2020-03-30 1:37:08 PM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: LucklessWonder: J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: I don't want to put Helvetica down, but I'm a Garamond man myself

Copperplate Gothic 4 LyFe

I made my own font from my own handwriting.


Noticeably Bold, am I right?
 
2020-03-30 1:37:47 PM  

IDisME: omg bbq: IDisME: 10Woodsman: It's truly my most hated font. I used to work in the sign business and the little foot on the capital R just enrages me for no rational reason other than the tendency for familiarity to breed contempt.

What do you mean the capital R?  *looks it up*  Oh, right, I never notice because I see it all the time, but, yeah....

/grrrr

Oh sweet god I just saw it for the first time and I already want to smash my phone.

WHY IS THAT THING EVEN THERE???

For further enragement, look up kern text.  You will hate everything poorly kerned thereafter.  There is a lot to hate, let me tell ya....


For maximum OCD, play the kerning game:  https://type.method.ac/
 
2020-03-30 1:39:22 PM  

SansNeural: Noticeably F.A.T.: LucklessWonder: J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: I don't want to put Helvetica down, but I'm a Garamond man myself

Copperplate Gothic 4 LyFe

I made my own font from my own handwriting.

Noticeably Bold, am I right?


...

Dammit. BRB, changing some unrelated file names.
 
2020-03-30 1:45:31 PM  

Snarfangel: IRestoreFurniture: There was a documentary on it a few years ago.

A company that I used to work for (it was well known as a design trendsetter and defined a certain part of their market) used helvetica light (45) in their logo.

And...every email had be in it.  All marketing material.  All written communication had to be in it.  I, as a director level IT person was tasked with making sure it was the default font

And God help you if you used Arial.


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I'm still laughing about Ariel Italic five minutes later.
 
2020-03-30 1:47:10 PM  
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2020-03-30 1:47:53 PM  

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2020-03-30 1:47:58 PM  

EvaDewer: Damn. And here I thought Helvetica was a cheese.


No, that's Velveetica.
 
2020-03-30 1:50:23 PM  
Wow, that was great, but I should have spent more time on it.  Still, I got 100 on three (Toronto was easiest, I live there) but some of the others, well, I suck....
 
2020-03-30 1:52:05 PM  

little big man: IDisME: omg bbq: IDisME: 10Woodsman: It's truly my most hated font. I used to work in the sign business and the little foot on the capital R just enrages me for no rational reason other than the tendency for familiarity to breed contempt.

What do you mean the capital R?  *looks it up*  Oh, right, I never notice because I see it all the time, but, yeah....

/grrrr

Oh sweet god I just saw it for the first time and I already want to smash my phone.

WHY IS THAT THING EVEN THERE???

For further enragement, look up kern text.  You will hate everything poorly kerned thereafter.  There is a lot to hate, let me tell ya....

For maximum OCD, play the kerning game:  https://type.method.ac/

Wow, that was great, but I should have spent more time on it.  Still, I got 100 on three (Toronto was easiest, I live there) but some of the others, well, I suck....
 
2020-03-30 1:58:53 PM  
"It is an invasive and drug-resistant species that may never be eradicated."
FTFA, talking about Helvetica here and not some mutant bug or plant infestation, lol
 
2020-03-30 2:00:29 PM  
As a professional editor for over 30 years, I've seen how debates like this go when you let art directors and graphic designers try -desperately- to show their layout originality. They're worse than grammar nazis and comma commandos.

/It's just 26 letters and a bit of punctuation.
//Although Comic sans does, indeed, suck.
 
2020-03-30 2:02:41 PM  

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They also can't spell perceive, but that's an entirely different discussion :)
 
2020-03-30 2:05:40 PM  
Palatino linotype, por favour.
 
2020-03-30 2:28:09 PM  

J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: I don't want to put Helvetica down, but I'm a Garamond man myself


Best battle implement ever devised.   It's 9.5 lbs of rompin', stompin' killing power.


Wait, what?
 
2020-03-30 2:30:41 PM  

OldJames: Charcoal was cool back in the day


Not when they were making it, it wasn't.
 
2020-03-30 2:46:30 PM  

spelunking_defenestrator: Helvetica hasn't been the same since Cliff Burton died.


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