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Nick Shinn said:
Europa Grotesk and Neue Haas Grotesk, which are of course Helveticas in all but name,
Val Kalinic said:
The name Helvetica Now reminded me of this Spaceballs dialogue:
Christian Thalmann said:
That website seems to actively avoid showing what Now looks like
Simon Cozens said:
April F... oh, it isn’t.
Ray Larabie said:
I'm surprised at the minimal language coverage for such a high profile release in 2019. You can see the glyph set here.
No Vietnamese, Greek, Cyrillic...minimal currency symbols. Yet it
includes several deprecated characters, Esperanto and good ole
Christian Thalmann said:I guess they might have been afraid of people saying «it looks just like the old Helvetica».
Daniel Veneklaas said:
Monotype are simply meeting a demand.
John Savard said:
And Asmodee doesn't just own Ticket to Ride, it also owns Settlers of Catan - a consolidation of newer board-game companies has also taken place.
Marc Oxborrow said:
Thanks, André. I subscribe to SkyFonts, but use it rather sparingly. Previously, I haven't paid any attention to if/how/when new releases are added to the plan.
Andrew Wood said:
Is adding "now" to your font name the same as adding ".com" to your business name in 1999?
Dark Helm.: What hapened to then?
Colonel: We passed then.
Dark Helm.: When?
Colonel: Just now. We're at now now.
Dark Helm.: Go back to then.
Dark Helm.: Now!
Dark Helm.: Now!
Colonel: I can't.
Dark Helm.: Why?
Colonel: We missed it.
BTW, both Europa Grotesk and Neue Haas Grotesk, which are of course Helveticas in all but name, already have that feature. The Neue Haas has an alternate /R too.
Marketing ploy? Well...yeah. It's the most powerful brand name in type and they were essentially letting it wither on the vine with the mainline Helvetica being such a mish-mash of good and bad. Helvetica Neue was more of a display spin-off while this feels more like it's intended to be a proper sequel.
I guess they might have been afraid of people saying «it looks just like the old Helvetica».
Leastways, that’s my understanding. Complicated stuff.
(I once did a visual timeline showing Hasbro’s takeover of the board game world, btw.)
If designers are insistent on using Helvetica in text and small sizes, then an appropriate design to meet that requirement can only be a good thing. And maybe such a high profile release will bring more awareness to the idea of optical sizes.
That said I still find Christian Schwartz's Neue Haas Grotesk a much more compelling design; it's slightly warmer, more rounded and overall feels more geometric and monoline, which makes all the difference.
If we limit ourselves to meeting popular demand, culture suffers.
In Mcluhan terms, what was once a tacit quality of the medium (“ground”) becomes a notable feature on the new medium (“figure”)
(Apologies for topic drift)
I use it primarily to play around with new fonts (or new to me fonts) whenever I’m suffering from writers’ block. It seems to take a week or two for new releases to show up on SkyFonts, which isn't long enough to make sense as a deliberate 'exclusivity' period, so I’m assuming it just takes their sysadmin awhile to add them.
Where type is concerned, the .com bubble burst the moment “Monotype.com” was rechristened as “Andalé Mono”.