Sunday, July 29, 2007

Neue Helvetica

"Helvetica is the most popular font in existence"
Guardian Unlimited

A redrawn version of Helvetica with more structurally unified set of weights and widths. Helvetica grew in popularity throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and more versions of the family were introduced. This led to vast confusion: the same weight is often referred to by two different names, design features often vary from one face to another, and so on. In the early 1980s (1983 to be exact), Linotype remedied this situation by redrawing the entire Helvetica family. Differences in alignment were corrected, subtle features were made consistent from one face to another, and all the weights and widths were designed to work together as one family. This new drawing is called Neue Helvetica (German for New Helvetica), and incorporates an easy-to-use numbering system to identify various styles and weights. The weight and width program of Helvetica Neue is similar to that of the Univers typeface designed by Adrian Frutiger.

Designers: Max Miedinger and Linotype Staff

Year: 1983

Copyright: Linotype

Publisher: Adobe Systems Inc.

Part of a family that offers an exceptionally wide range of weights and/or styles. Included with Apple's Mac OS X operating system.

Influenced by: Helvetica (1957)

Similar fonts:

Nimbus Sans
Swiss 721
CG Triumvirate


Price: $149.00 USD

Monotype's Arial, designed in 1982, while different from Helvetica in some few details, has identical character widths, and is indistinguishable by most non-specialists. The capital letters C, G, and R, as well as the lowercase letters a, e, r, and t, are useful for quickly distinguishing Arial and Helvetica. Differences include:

  • Helvetica's strokes are typically cut either horizontally or vertically. This is especially visible in the t, r, and C. Arial employs slanted stroke cuts.

  • Helvetica's G has a well-defined spur; Arial does not.

  • The tails of the R glyphs and the a glyphs are different.

In 2007, Helvetica's 50th birthday, Microsoft replaced Arial as the default in Microsoft Office applications with a new sans-serif design Calibri by Luc(as) de Groot.


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Thursday, July 26, 2007

570 Lexington Avenue

570 Lexington Avenue

(formerly the GE Building and originally the RCA Building)

(S. E. corner at 51st Street)

Developer: The RCA Victor Company

Architect: Cross & Cross

Erected: 1931

The General Electric Building is a historic 50-floor skyscraper in Midtown New York City, United States, at 570 Lexington Avenue (southwest corner of Lexington and 51st Street). Originally known as the "RCA Victor Building" when designed by Cross and Cross in 1931, and sometimes known by its address to avoid confusion with the later GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center.

It backs up to the low Byzantine dome of St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue and shares the same salmon brick color. But from Lexington, the building is an insistently tall 50-foot stylized Gothic tower with its own identity, a classic Art Deco visual statement of suggested power through simplification. The base contains elaborate, generous masonry, architectural figural sculpture, and at on the corner above the main entrance, a conspicuous corner clock with the curvy GE logo and a pair of silver disembodied forearms. The crown of the building is a dynamic-looking burst of Gothic tracery, which is supposed to represent radio waves, and is lit from within at night.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Just forget it!

Hey, when your a man, the world is your toilet...

Sunday, July 22, 2007


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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Adobe MAX Awards

The annual Adobe MAX Awards program showcases some of the most innovative projects built with Adobe technology over the past year. The program recognizes the groundbreaking work of leading business innovators, creative professionals, and developers from around the world using a broad spectrum of Adobe technology, from consumer software to enterprise solutions.

The top two finalists in each of seven categories will be invited to showcase their work at MAX 2007 in Chicago, Illinois, October 1-3. Winners will be announced live at the conference, and one finalist will be selected by attendees to receive the coveted People's Choice Award. Entrants are also eligible for additional Special Recognition Awards.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Monday, July 09, 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Microsoft Surface

Apple vs. Microsoft

Did you get it?

Blue Eye

The Blue Eye table has a glass surface and overhead camera, a projector and a mirror underneath the table. By placing an object on the table surface you can copy it to the screen beneath. Once the image of the object is imported, “images can then easily be moved, stretched and even animated by a user.”

This table is similar to the upright Microsoft TouchLight technology which lets users move and manipulate three-dimensional images with their hands. We also posted about the iBar interactive bar table, which is geared more towards design and pleasure, letting users create patterns of glowing light when touched. The DeLightTable by Thomas Gardner, an ‘interactive coffee table’, is also similair to the iBar interactive table.

CES 2007 - LG VX-9400