I admit it: I'm a graphic design geek. I annoy my family and friends by pointing out the fonts used on billboards, book jackets, the opening credits to a movie...you name it. I can't help it. Ever since I started designing, words have become objects to me. First I notice the typeface they are set in, then I actually read them. So when my friend at the local PBS station told me about a new documentary airing tonight called Helvetica, I immediately set my DVR.
My first graphic design professor hated Helvetica and told us never to use it. Not wanting to offend his aesthetic sensibilities (and also so I could get an A in the class), I never incorporated it into any of my design projects. His bias against Helvetica infiltrated my professional life as well. Unlike my former professor, I don't have a personal problem with Helvetica. (It's certainly not as ugly or offensive to me as Comic Sans!) But since he ingrained it in me not to use it, I never consider selecting it for any pieces I design. Am I a victim of anti-Helvetica brainwashing? Maybe tonight's documentary will give me more appreciation for the font! Tune in to Helvetica tonight at 10 pm on PBS (check local listings here).