Lars anticipated the Helvetica boom of recent years when publishing Homage to a Typeface in Today it’s hard to imagine contemporary. Helvetica is a sans-serif typeface. It is simple and clean, and commonly seen in advertising, signage, and literature. The R has a curved leg, and the i and j have . This book sings the praises of the shift worker and solo entertainer of typefaces, of its forgotten creator and all those who have contributed to its unparalleled.

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I learned that I like both the name and the look of Helvetica’s predecessor, Akzidenz Grotesk. Homage to a Typeface presents examples of Helvetica in action, selected from two diametrically opposed worlds. New Bestsellers Trade S D. A simple tribute to an extraordinary, omnipresent typeface. Kim rated it really liked fypeface May 15, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Homage to a Typeface. Success entailed reworking the tools of design, especially the range of typefaces, adapting them to the aesthetic Zeitgeist and to growing functional demands. However, calling it the helvftica of capitalism would miss the mark.

If one must mention ideologies, one would have to associate Helvetica more with socialism: Temporarily out of stock pending additional inventory. It embodies the myth of Sachlichkeit, propagated at the time by Swiss Typography.

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Helvetica: Homage to a Typeface

Akzidenz Grotesk was the typeface of the movement and the sign of recognition among like-minded people. Homage to a Typeface. Apr 24, Lee-Arng rated it really liked it.

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It is simple and clean, and commonly seen in advertising, signage, and literature. It lends its quality to the content of a message. The R has a curved leg, and the i hslvetica j have square dots.


Dams rated it really liked it Nov 27, The book provides an eye-opening account of the social, cultural and even political significance of Helvetica as a typeface. Homage to a Typeface. The effect on typography was obvious. Lars describes his own relationship to Helvetica as follows: The commercial game rules of this attitude were called information graphics.

It is so ubiquitous that it is almost invisible. Feb 14, Natalie Beanland rated it it was amazing. They present a unique panoply of this icon of modern design. Since putting the book down, I have been noticing every sign around me, staring at the font, and trying to figure out if it’s Helvetica.

My hhelvetica for Helvetica was not a choice; it was a logical consequence.