Godfather of Helvetica, Mike Parker Dies at 84

When we hear Helvetica, the normal person might associate it with the standard Grotesque font that is packaged with every Windows or Mac OS (among hundreds of applications). When a typographer hears Helvetica, they think of one of, if not the most technically sound type system designed in the past century.

Originally designed in 1957 for the Haas Type Foundry in Münchenstein, Switzerland, dubbed “Neue Haas Grotesk” was a colab between geniuses Max Miedinger with Eduard HoffmannParker and his team took Haas‘s original drawings and began reworking them to work on Linotype‘s machines. The modified design eventually became known as Helvetica.

Under his leadership, more than 1,000 typefaces, including Helvetica, were added to the company’s library, which became an industry standard and helped guide the type landscape from hot metal, to photocomposition, and finally to digital printing.

“It is not a letter that’s bent to shape; it’s a letter that lives in a powerful matrix of surrounding space, it’s — oh, it’s brilliant when it’s done well.”
—Mike Parker

Sources: CNN, FastCo

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So, if you didn’t notice, good; but our site was down for a couple days. We lost a bunch of portfolio and blog posts which really sucks. This is a reminder to myself and all of the other people that forget to do regular backups of their websites when the work is really busy. Back it up, especially if you work with a database driven website, something can easily go wrong which is irreparable. No worries, we’ll have all the portfolio back up soon and better blog posts!

Foldy960 Responsive Grids

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NYTE Typeface Reviews

Dino Dos Santos captured the best of both worlds in this extraordinary typeface. Really, just look at the printed pages and you’ll see, this face is not like Esta or Georgia, etc. With the originality, most noticeably stated in the “k’s” and cursive “g’s”, it’s NYTE, designed specifically for the New York Times Magazine.

I love how the italics jump off the page like it’s a script face at 10.0 points or 64 points and above. No matter what point size, It’s awesome! Biggups to NYT and the DSType Foundry for making this one freely available to the public.