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Big Announcement

With the recent release of Helvetica® Now, some of you have been wondering what this means for helveticka. Glad you + more

Now and Then

In January 2014 helveticka moved to its current location – a 1930 building that’s housed a number of tenants over + more

Swissted Santa

One of my favorite gifts from this past Christmas was Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined. The creation of New + more

Holiday Greetings!

Every year about this time I receive a special holiday greeting. Not just any ol’ greeting, but a package of + more

One of the Best

I first met Pat Lynch around the time he mailed out a two-page, typewritten RFP for annual report design services. + more

The Power of Design

Last Friday, you’ll recall, we linked to Michael Watts’s “Cover Stories: A History of Magazine Design,” which argues that “a + more

I’ll Tumble 4 Ya

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I’d like to draw your attention to this security camera footage, obtained just this + more

Giving Back

Have you heard? Another Helveticahaus scholarship winner was just announced. This is kind of a big deal. Since they opened + more

Helvetica Is Human!

Back in 1967, the United Nations set out to create a set of universal wayfinding symbols. Looking at the results + more

Twelve of Thirty

This story picks up where last week’s post left off. Though I hadn’t seen Bernard Perlin since 1995—when he visited Spokane + more

Eleven of Thirty

I first heard of Bernard Perlin while researching WWII propaganda posters for our 1995 Behind the Red, White & Blue: Posters, + more

Just Like That, It’s Over 

It’s amazing how quickly an exhibit can be dismantled. In just one day, CX30: Creative Experiences, Thirty Collaborators—our recent exhibit celebrating + more

Quiz Time!

To a non-designer like me, the difference between Helvetica and Arial is like the difference between competing brands of a certain + more

“The Grandfathers of Logo Design”

It used to be that logo design was “mostly utilitarian; images that represented brands often depicted either the product, the service, + more

Fun for the Whole Family

Have you heard? helveticka is 30 years old. And since we never do things the easy—or, let’s be honest, normal—way, + more

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