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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Fonts - the movie!


Check out the new film about a font. Yes - next year will see a film called Helvetica. I like Helvetica - but only since someone told me that Arial (which looks very similar) was invented by Microsoft.

The rise of fonts is odd. People, that's normal people - not designers, now talk about it. If you look at a poster you may say. "I don't like the picture but the fonts okay". What? Who talked like that 10 years ago???

Anyway. I guess thats what this film is about. So I've talked myself into seeing it.

5 comments:

OnMeJack said...

You didn't say it was a documentary.

I was hoping for a font based sequal to Pi.

or even Mercury Rising

Tim Clague said...

The evil Typeface has captured the letter Y. Can our team of heroic fonts get her back before she is turned into a full stop - period! Starring Arial, Helvetica and Times New Roman - together at last.

Rich said...

Hmm, perhaps you could make a period piece starring the evil Edwardian Script... and Helena Bonham Carter of course.

Smoky said...

Dude, Arial was created by Monotype (as in Monotype Corsiva for font aficionados). Forget about writing a film, the truth is stranger than fiction, even involving a secret deal between Apple and Microsoft...

http://www.ms-studio.com/articles.html

Tim Clague said...

As the article says...

When Microsoft made TrueType the standard font format for Windows 3.1, they opted to go with Arial rather than Helvetica, probably because it was cheaper and they knew most people wouldn't know (or even care about) the difference.

Cheapstakes!