Geared with its simple and clean lines, Helvetica has become the favorites of designers from all around the world. When you walk into the streets and look around closely, you will come to realize that Helvetica is indeed used very widely. If you are in doubt, watch this trailer. How often do you see a movie being made for a typeface?
Perhaps Helvetica’s creators, Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffmann, would have never imagined that their sans serif masterpiece could become one of the world’s design classics. Initially, they wanted to create a typeface that could be used for a variety of signage at that time. “Neue Hass Grotesk”, its original name, was eventually born. As its usage and popularity grew, the need to market the typeface internationally also grew. Hence, the Latin name for Swiss, Helvetica, was adopted to enhance its appeal. Read more here.
Image credit: Emanuele Tortolone
Today, Helvetica has evolved from a mere typeface into a visual culture. Many people would have known about the uncanny resemblance of Helvetica and Arial but few would have known the long controversy behind it. Here’s a gist of the story: Many claimed that Microsoft opted for Arial (which was created in 1982) over Helvetica as its standard font format because it was cheaper and most people would not tell the difference between both fonts. The debate still goes on, even up till today.
Characterized in a clear and easy-to-read fashion, it is no wonder that Helvetica can be easily manipulated or incorporated to create a wide array of artworks of different design styles and expressions yet from the same source of inspiration. So here is a little treat of Helvetica Inspired Artworks to satisfy the design appetites of many. If you are a fan of Helvetica, you are definitely gonna love this. If you aren’t a fan, you will probably be one after this post.
The following artworks shows the dynamic use of the Helvetica font and the manipulation of delicate positioning and layout of typographical and graphical elements. Amazing that awesome yet varying designs can be derived from the same source of inspriration.
Helvetica meets in a cross | Reagan Mackrill
Bold Condensed Helvetica stands out | ECKO Design Group
Helveticas overlaps | Guilherme
Helvetica helpline | Fatmir Jusufi
A Swiss tribute | Matthias Werner
Interior design within Helvetica | Chris Labrooy
Deformed Helvetica | Muskelpiraten
Helvetica in wooden blocks | Kim Høltermand
3D Helvetica in thickness | McFossey
Paper Helvetica | Julien De Repentigny
Hand drawn illustration with Helvetica | or_livneh
Robotica | Jonathon Yule
Helvetica versus Arial in pictograms | Slimkiwi
Getting a piece of Helvetica | tym2kevinate
Water splash on Helvetica in slow motion | Leonardo Prause
Type Study | Newklear
Helvetica within the Symbols | Ryan Brownhill
Helvetica in primary colors | Zrastrowany
CMYK and Type | tasteofpain
Die Helvetica | Megavolkan
From Helvetica book | Redsil
Number reveals the years of Helvetica | MenosKeTiago
Helvetica engulfing girl | Haniadnan
Helvetica in the mix of alphabets | Snowroll
Explaining variations of Helvetica | Whitecoffeekaw
Helvetica overflow | Silocult
Holding up Helvetica | Emanuele Tortolone
Helvetica in four colors | 2canart
“a” Helvetica poster | tsuzu-nee
Numberic Helvetica | ssri
If you happen to be an avid fan of Helvetica, these wallpapers would definitely brighten up your day as you start you computer.
Inspired by Helvetica | Kevin Andersson
Helvetica within contrasting colors | Hamish
Simple Helvetica | KyleBolton
Simple tribute to Helvetica | CyrilBlack
Huge Helvetica | B-82
Helvetica family on purple pattern | Wido12
Homage to Helvetica | YAWalias
Typography with Helvetica | Codenamecueball
These icons would serve as useful tools for your web design.
Moleskine Helvetica Icon -B | Bigkobe
Social networking icons | Brendon Grobler
Helvetwitca | Monika Halim
Helveticons | Goodbye Horses