Syam Kumar April 22, 2007 09:04 PM IST

HelveticaHelvetica, which has been called the official typeface of the 20th century, is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

(Via Clement Pananchikal)

From Wikipedia: Helvetica was created by Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann at the Haas’sche Schriftgießerei (Haas type foundry) of Münchenstein, Switzerland. Originally called Neue Haas Grotesk, the typeface's name was changed by Haas' German parent company Stempel in 1960 to Helvetica — derived from Helvetia, the Latin name for Switzerland — in order to make it more marketable internationally.

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