Helvetica turned 50 today, making it officially an old daddy of typefaces.
Helvetica was developed in 1957 by Max Miedinger. Officially one of the safest fonts around it's used by business managers and corporate studios everywhere. Helvetica is easy on the eyes, safe and unobtrusive. On television there is something called 'The Cult Of Helvetica' because it is used on virtually every rolling title. Everything about Helvetica screams 'reliable'. It's no surprise that it's Swiss.
I actually find fonts pretty interesting, and could go into the history of Helvetica, but I'm aware that a 10,000 word thesis entitled 'The Life And Times Of Helvetica, The Extended Version' might not be what you're looking to read at the end of a Wednesday. Anyway, The BBC has done a pretty good job of it so click here to read all about it. Or you could pop off to that stalwart of detailed information Wikipedia.
Ironically Macworld doesn't use Helvetica anywhere in the print magazine. Mostly we use TheSans. The website meanwhile goes for the splendid sounding Lucida Grande. Both of which have Helvetica's style, but a slightly fresher look. It's horses for courses.
A documentary entitled 'Helvetica' (of all things) has been released to coincide with the anniversary. I think I'll give it a miss, but if anybody out there has seen it let us know.