13 May 2007 rillian   » (Master)

Helvetica

While in Montréal for LGM 2007 we went to see a screening of the new documentary film Helvetica, about the typeface. It was entertaining, and I learned a lot, so definitely check it out if you have a chance. The director said DVDs should be for sale in September.

There are a number of famous designers in the film. in the Q&A afterward, the director Gary Hustwit said it was surprisingly easy to get interviews, perhaps because no one has really made a documentary about type, or even much about graphic design before. It made me think more of us should be documenting the history of the open source community.

Also (unintentionally) amusing was the director's answer to the question "How do you feel about people file sharing your film?" He acknowledged that it would probably happen, but had to say (he works for a company that makes DVDs) that he's not ok with it. He then went on to say that he could see it being ok for music, because the experience of listening to music on your computer is about the same as listening to a CD, but he wants us to see the film on a big screen, with other people, like we were doing that night. To help frame this, he had also said earlier that the soundtrack of the film was essentially his ipod playlist from the time he conceived the documentary.

So, like the font, the documentary is non-free.

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