Happy birthday, mr Miedinger and Helvetica.

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This year we celebrate the most universal typeface ever, created by Max Miedinger in 1957. Initially developed in an attempt to replace Akzidenz Grotesk, it became the typeface of choice for many companies, and is widely used by any graphic designer (altough some of them don’t seem to be very fun of it).

From packaging to the new iPhone, it was renamed Helvetica in 1961, and since then it has been copied extensively, most notably by Arial, a cheap ripoff on Windows.

I became aware of this event, through Helvetica, The film, a documentary screening next March (and a SXSW selection).

Helvetica the film

This movie will surely be one of inspirations for many designers, and a reference to the role of typography in our daily lives.