I Love Helvetica | Kinetic Typography

As a Creative Director, one aspect of design that fascinate me is Typography.  Its one design element that will make or break your design.  Here is a cool way of showcasing Typography, found a video that highlights Helvetica, thru Kenetic Typography or Typography in motion.  A lot of designers will agree, Helvetica is one staple in a designer’s arsenal.   Helvetica was developed in 1957 by Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann at the Haas’sche Schriftgiesserei (Haas type foundry) of Münchenstein, Switzerland. Haas set out to design a new sans-serif typeface that could compete with Akzidenz-Grotesk in the Swiss market. Originally called Die Neue Haas Grotesk, it was created based on Schelter-Grotesk. The aim of the new design was to create a neutral typeface that had great clarity, had no intrinsic meaning in its form, and could be used on a wide variety of signage. When Linotype adopted the Neue Haas Grotesk (which was never planned to be a full range of mechanical and hot-metal typefaces) its design was reworked. After the success of Univers, Arthur Ritzel of Stempel redesigned Neue Haas Grotesk into a larger family. In 1960, the typeface’s name was changed by Haas’ German parent company Stempel to Helvetica (derived from Confoederatio Helvetica, the Latin name for Switzerland) in order to make it more marketable internationally.

Watch the video and see what I mean.

Helvetica-Kinetic Typography from Jonathan DeBoer on Vimeo.

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