Time for a post on the age-old battle between Helvetica and Arial! As you may know, Arial is a rip-off typeface developed by Microsoft that is based very closely on Helvetica. Sadly, Arial has become the standard desktop typeface. Designers who wish to champion Helvetica will enjoy these items. The first is a role-play game in which you are the Helvetica letter and are trying to crush the Arial letter. Hours of fun! Here is the link: Helvetica vs. Arial, and I’ve also included a screen shot. The second set of images are information graphics from the article “How to Spot Arial” by Mark Simonson Studio. They show the key characteristics that distinguish Helvetica from Arial. When you are done with this, you might want to take this quiz to test your knowledge. The third set of images are stills from the movie Helvetica, which we also posted about in December 2007.
Filed under: Design, Things We Like, Typography | Tags: constructed type, timed exposure
Check out this really cool alphabet I found on the blog, Balla Dora Typo-Grafika. I love the idea of using light as a material and how it compliments the angular qualities of these letters, though I’m not exactly sure how these letterforms were created. (perhaps I will post a comment on that blog to find out) My first instinct would be to say they are timed exposures. In other words, the shutter of the camera was left open as the letter was “drawn” with the flashlight. I have done this before, but I don’t think that is the case here, since the hands are completely in focus in all of the photographs. Any ideas?
Filed under: Design, Things We Like, Typography | Tags: Campaign Finance, Data visualization, Information Design, Obama Campaign
Have you wondered how Obama actually got all of the money to finance his campaign? I know that I didn’t know the full story, so I was very excited when I found this fun, informational poster created by X-Plane. In a nutshell, the poster explains how Obama has raised a lot of his money through online social networks. X-plane has done an amazing job combining hand-drawn type, cartoons, graphs and charts to create something that is dynamic and unique, yet informational at the same time. Take note of the stylistic differences between this poster and the maps created by History Shots, which were posted earlier. The maps by History Shots are more formal and elegant, while this doesn’t seem to take itself as seriously. Nonetheless, both are equally powerful.
We recently heard the Baltimore-based studio, Post Typography speak at the Art Director’s Club. Upon looking at their website, we found this really cool poster that is perforated and folds into a flip-book. What an extremely innovative approach to concept and execution! I think what’s most impressive is how the poster manages to display the information clearly in its static format, even with the somewhat fragmented type. It’s also an interesting example of how the content represented dictated the form of the communication, which can operate on two distinct levels depending upon the level of viewer interaction. The firm describes the poster as something that “literally converts from static broadside into an example of the time-based media showcased at the festival.”
Filed under: Typography
Here are some interesting variations on the traditional war protest signs. Creative/clever politics are always more inspirational (even if dorky).
The extensis community blog
The extensis community bloghas designed this wonderfully accurate system of finding true love.
Watch this intimate documentary on the exciting life of Cooper Black.
Oded Ezra knows how to have fun with type. These are from a series called “Biotypography.” I also love his “Tortured Letters” series; check it out.
One day, Andrew Byrom was in his office when he glanced at a broken chair in the corner. “It looks like an ‘h’,” he thought. Now we have an entire alphabet!.