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Found signs. Typography. Swissted. How Helvetica Conquered The World With Its Cool, Comforting Logic. This is the second excerpt from Just My Type.

How Helvetica Conquered The World With Its Cool, Comforting Logic

To read the first, "The 8 Worst Fonts in the World," go here. What is it about the Swiss? Or, to be precise: what is it about the Swiss and their sans serif typefaces? Helvetica and Univers both emerged from Switzerland in the same year--1957--and went out to shape the modern world. They would sort out not just transport systems but whole cities, and no typefaces ever looked more sure of themselves or their purpose. Helvetica is a font of such practicality--and, its adherents would suggest, such beauty--that it is both ubiquitous and something of a cult. A few years ago, a New Yorker called Cyrus Highsmith put his life on the line by trying to spend a day without Helvetica.

His troubles began as soon as he climbed out of bed. At lunch he thought he’d try Chinatown but had to switch restaurants as the first had a familiar-looking menu. Arial versus Helvetica. How to tell them apart. Is Arial just a poor copy? Seconds Out, Round One Every typeface, like every one of us, has its distinguishing features.

Arial versus Helvetica. How to tell them apart. Is Arial just a poor copy?

You might be forgiven for thinking that some fonts are clones, or identical twins. However, closer inspection reveals subtle differences and nuances that simply escape casual perusal. Something that can really help heighten our sensitivity to those differences is getting out our magnifying glasses and really taking a closer look. If you’ve forgotten to bring your magnifying glass, then don’t fear for the Fontometer is here (we’ll get to that in a moment). Today we’re going to de-robe two popular typefaces, namely Arial and Helvetica — faces that are often confused, and often the subjects of mistaken identity. Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design - Smashing Magazine.

Advertisement Also known as International Style, the Swiss Style does not simply describe a style of graphic design made in Switzerland.

Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design - Smashing Magazine

It became famous through the art of very talented Swiss graphic designers, but it emerged in Russia, Germany and Netherlands in the 1920’s. This style in art, architecture and culture became an ‘international’ style after 1950’s and it was produced by artists all around the globe. Despite that, people still refer to it as the Swiss Style or the Swiss Legacy. This progressive, radical movement in graphic design is not concerned with the graphic design in Switzerland, but rather with the new style that had been proposed, attacked and defended in the 1920s in Switzerland. Emerging from the modernist and constructivist ideals, the Swiss Style can be defined as an authentic pursue for simplicity – the beauty in the underlines of a purpose, not beauty as a purpose in itself. How the Swiss Style Relates to the Web Uniformity and geometry Grid Systems Elementary. Download fonts from classic to cool.

30 Best Fonts, Downloadable Fonts, Free Fonts, Cool Fonts for Designers. Posted on 02'08 Mar Posted on March 2, 2008 along with 414 JUST™ Creative Comments – Here are 30 of the Best Fonts / Typefaces that every designer must / should own sorted by alphabetical order.

30 Best Fonts, Downloadable Fonts, Free Fonts, Cool Fonts for Designers

There are 15 serif fonts and 15 sans-serif fonts. Serif. In typography, a serif /ˈsɛrɪf/ is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol,[1] such as when handwriting is separated into distinct units for a typewriter or typesetter.


A typeface with serifs is called a serif typeface (or serifed typeface). A typeface without serifs is called sans serif or sans-serif, from the French sans, meaning "without". Some typography sources refer to sans-serif typefaces as "Grotesque" (in German "grotesk") or "Gothic",[2] and serif typefaces as "Roman". Origins and etymology[edit] Serifs originated in the Latin alphabet with inscriptional lettering—words carved into stone in Roman antiquity.

The origin of the word serif is obscure, but apparently almost as recent as the type style. The 8 Worst Fonts In The World. We’d need another book, of course, to do this justice.

The 8 Worst Fonts In The World

And where would one start? Fonts are like cars on the street--we notice only the most beautiful or ugly, the funniest or the flashiest. The vast majority roll on regardless. There may be many reasons why we dislike or distrust certain fonts, and overuse and misuse are only starting points. Fonts may trigger memory as pungently as perfume: Gill Sans can summon up exam papers. Most of the time we only notice typeface mistakes, or things before or behind their times. The Top Tens were: Used Regularly: Frutiger (23 respondents) Helvetica/Helvetica Neue (21) Futura (15) Gill Sans (13) Univers (11) Garamond (10) Bembo Franklin Gothic (8) 9.

Monologue: I’m Comic Sans, Asshole. [Originally published June 15, 2010.]

Monologue: I’m Comic Sans, Asshole.

Listen up. I know the shit you’ve been saying behind my back. You think I’m stupid. You think I’m immature. 50 Stunning Typography Wallpapers For Inspiration. Mar 25 2010 By János Rácz Typography is said to be the backbone of web design, but it’s also considered art all by itself.

50 Stunning Typography Wallpapers For Inspiration

And, let’s face it, most designers are obsessed with it.