Addicted to Design

I Heart Helvetica

I Heart Helvetica

We’ve been thinking of designing a shirt for a while now, and after throwing around a lot of ideas, we decided to make one on Helvetica. This is the draft that I came up with. I’ve  tried to keep it simple but still showcase the beauty of this font. We are thinking of changing this around. Some suggestions are to drop the ‘I Heart’ and just keep ‘Helvetica’. Also we’re thinking of adding some history to make it more interesting.


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Will Kern For Food

I had talked about Collapse Design and their exciting work especially the wonderful badge designs. Borrowing some ideas from them, I have tried my hand at a poster design to showcase Helvetica Bold. This is a first draft and some more tweaks are required before it looks any good! Eventually, I hope to expand this into a series of posters, each showcasing a particular typeface. Comments and criticism are, as always, welcome!

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Monopoly + Helvetica


A beautiful redesign of Monopoly by the French designer Florent Guerlain. I’ve been addicted to Monopoly for as long as I can remember and I can’t begin to think how much more awesome it would be in Helvetica!

(via AisleOne)

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Sex, Drugs, Helvetica Bold

Found this brilliant shirt via Flickr and Tcritic. Great work by Collapse Design. Also worth a peek are their badge designs. I particularly love “Will Kern for Food”! Check out their work here and here.

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Don’t Panic: Second Draft

I have modified the Don’t Panic poster a bit. There was a problem with the colors in the first draft and I think I’ve got it fixed with this one. Stupid web-safe colors! Also have played around with the lighting a bit. The problem with the first draft was that the dot of the exclamation mark was hardly visibe. I’ve moved the light source to the bottom left to get a better cotrast for the dot. Somehow I have a nagging feeling though, that this lighting would come across as too harsh. Does it? Also had to move the type on top around a bit to get a better grid focus. The trouble with type in most cases is that they just don’t fit well. Here too the sass-hoopy comment spills on to the third line, making it look a bit odd. I hope that it can pass off for “Conscious Irregularity”! The font used is Gill Sans by the way, except for the apostrophe in “Don’t” which is Helvetica. The apostrophe of Gill Sans is positively hideous! But apart from that it’s a lovely font. Something uniquely British about it!

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Found on Flickr

Continuing on the Helvetica fixation here’s a lovely poster I stumbled across on Flickr. It sort of states my ideology of Design perfectly.

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Helvetica Forever

Helvetica Forever is a project of the University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf. It showcases some 100 items like advertisements and posters but also includes promotional leaflets from the very beginning as well as documents highlighting Helvetica’s history. Given the rich history that Helvetica has this exhibition is bound to be awesome.

It’s being curated by Lars Müller, Victor Malsy and Philipp Teufel. It’s already been to Osaka and Tokyo and would be visiting Sofia (Bulgaria) and Düsseldorf (Germany) next. Such a pity they are not coming to India!

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Long Live Helvetica, Die Arial

Found this on Behance. Could someone kill Comic sans too while at it!

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