’Tis the Season

Toward the end of 1989’s Christmas Vacation, when Clark receives a one-year membership in the Jelly of the Month Club, only Cousin Eddie recognizes the present’s long-term value, calling it “the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.” There’s a little nonprofit right here in Spokane that takes that idea a step further. Helveticahaus, founded by helveticka’s own CK and Linda Anderson, launched last February with a line of apparel and accessories celebrating the company’s namesake Swiss typeface. Why? To appeal to Helvetica admirers around the world, to introduce the font’s practical and timeless qualities to the next generation of designers, and – this is the important part – to help fund scholarships for students working toward visual communication degrees at area colleges. So…it’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole career. Need more incentive? Now through the end of the year, select T-shirts are only $19.57 (the year Helvetica was born). And Hh’s one-of-a-kind letterpress-printed coasters are only $6.57 for a set of four (Helvetica’s first appearance was in June of 1957). So go ahead: shop today, help a student tomorrow. And get yourself somethin’ real nice while you’re at it.