Lent: Part 20

Helvetica (2007) – I have no objection to a person being excited about their field of expertise. In fact, I wish I could do what I love and love what I do. But, whatever field I end up in, someone please shoot me if I ever accuse a font of being responsible for the Vietnam War.

8 thoughts on “Lent: Part 20

    1. volus

      I think what sold the scene was the fact that she clearly knows how ridiculous the belief was now, and is quite comfortable mocking what was probably a deep-seated college-age pretentious notion.

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  1. volus

    My Two Cents, Year 4: Part 20

    whew, halfway there.

    As the film went on, I found myself starting to drink the Kool-Aid, and understand what was so important. By the end, I had to resort to yelling “Typography doesn’t fucking matter!!” in the mirror, and I was no longer sure I believed myself.

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    1. giddeon

      Re: being responsible for the Vietnam War.

      Technically, it was the standoff between Comic Sans & Helvetica that led to Vietnam. Rising tensions between the fonts led to a stockpiling of letters, and when a misplaced Sans ‘b’ made it into a Helvetica “Wastebasket” it touched off a firestorm that haunts typography to this day.

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