Michael Bierut talks to Gary Hustwit about Helvetica in 2006: "…[I]t somehow has this kind of inherent rightness. You know, the rightness of the way the lowercase a meets the curve, the rightness of the way the G has a thing that comes down, the rightness of the way the C strokes are like that instead of like that. I wouldn't have believed that those things actually could be right or wrong as opposed to someone's taste, yet you have 50 years of history of the thing just sitting there daring people to fix it. It seems to be unfixable." [...]
We're well into autumn, which means something different to everyone. To some it means changing leaves. To others it means pumpkin spice lattes. But to us, it means the beginning of another school year at Spokane Falls Community College, Eastern Washington University, and North Idaho College. You see, here at Helveticahaus, all of our profits go towards funding scholarships for design students at these three local schools. Every penny you spend goes towards helping a young designer achieve their dreams. But that's not all. Our commitment to working with young designers goes beyond money. Take, for example, our new Hh [...]
We recently made a music video. It's pretty great. You should go watch it. No really, I'll wait. The video was super fun to make. We teamed up with local production house Mojo Lab and shot the whole thing over the weekend in beautiful downtown Spokane. Here's a look behind the scenes. We woke up super early to catch that beautiful morning light. We're pretty sure it was worth it. Chris and Kevin shoot while CK art directs. Haley was such a trooper. We waited in this alley for a train to pass, then Haley would run [...]
Today, in honor of Swiss National Day, we feasted. And oh what a feast it was. Linda brought cheese fondu with many dipping options including cute little pickles. Courtney proved to be the avocado champion with some seriously stellar guacamole and possibly the best chips money can buy. As if we would expect anything else from him, Aaron brought some sort of meat cylinders (landjaeger), which were both tasty and difficult to eat. Morgan attempted some traditional August-Weggen rolls, which were actually pretty fetching when topped with tiny Swiss flags. A crowd favorite was clearly Shirlee's spicy, sweet bacon... I [...]
Wie wir alle von unserem Blog über die Haas'sche Schriftgiesserei wissen ist die Schriftart Helvetica in Münchenstein, einem kleinen Ort im schweizer Norden mit einer Bevölkerung von 11.732 Menschen (Das ist weniger als die maximale Kapazität der Spokane Arena). Zusätzlich jedoch zu diesem typographischen Erbe ist Münchenstein ebenso die Heimatstadt vom Tennis Profi Roger Federer. Geboren ist Roger F. in Basel und im Alter von 10 Jahren ist er dann nach Münchenstein gezogen, wo er seine Glanzzeit verbracht hat. Aus diesem Grund war unser Freund Yannick, als er dieses Jahr bei der BNP Paribas Open gearbeitet hat, entschlossen, mit Herrn Federer über die [...]
Here at Helveticahaus, we sell cool shirts featuring some pretty clever designs, but that's just a means to an end. Our main goal is to raise enough money to provide scholarships for local design students. We love great design and want to encourage today's youth to pursue an education in the graphic arts. In order to connect with these up-and-coming designers, we reached out to Spokane Falls Community College and started a connection that would lead to the new Helveticahaus Student Series. We asked SFCC's 1st-year design students to design a T-shirt, a mini-poster, and a coaster for Helveticahaus. They had [...]
We've been working on these coasters for a while now and are super excited to share them with you today! These beauties were printed on 100% cotton paper using 1950s Heidleberg Windmill letterpress. Check out a video of the printing process here.
Helvetica started in Switzerland, but Helveticahaus has gone global. Helvetica has a knack for bringing people together. Here's a glimpse of fellow Helvetica fans worldwide. Seattle, San Diego, New York, Portland, Spokane, Brazil, Idaho, the list goes on and on. Where are you from?
“This HelveticaHaus t-shirt instantly gave my work ethic some badly needed credibility!” John M – Spokane Falls, WA
Here's our Helvetica friend Michael, wearing his perfect Tt on a perfectly sunny day in Seattle.