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CREATED IN 1957 BY MAX MIEDINGER AND EDUARD HOFFMANN AT THE HAAS TYPE FOUNDRY IN SWITZERLAND, THE TYPEFACE WAS ORIGINALLY CHRISTENED NEUE HAAS GROTESK. ITS NAME CHANGED TO HELVETICA IN 1960 IN AN ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE TYPEFACE TO A WIDER INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE. OVER THE YEARS THE TYPEFACE HAS BEEN CELEBRATED WIDELY AND USED IN MANY RENOWNED APPLICATIONS, IMPLANTING ITS OWN INDELIBLE PLACE IN DESIGN HISTORY. FROM THE BEAUTIFULLY IMPLEMENTED NEW YORK SUBWAY SIGNAGE SYSTEM BY VIGNELLI TO ITS USAGE ON THE LOWLY GENERIC EXIT SIGN, THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE TYPEFACE SEEMS TO HAVE NO BOUNDARIES. IN ITS 50 YEAR LIFESPAN HELVETICA HAS DESERVEDLY BECOME THE THE MOST WIDELY USED AND RESPECTED SANS SERIF TYPEFACE ON THE PLANET. SEE ALSO: DESIGN MUSEUM
 
1957 - Spin
1958 - Vince Frost
1959 - Bleed
1960 - Ros Shiers
1961 - The Designers Republic
1962 - Farrow
1963 - Antoine et Manuel
1964 - Ian Wright
1965 - Fabio Ongarato
1966 - Experimental Jetset
1967 - Parra
1968 - Kam Tang
1969 - Build
1970 - Hamish Muir
1971 De-construct
1972 - Ben Drury
1973 - Darren Firth
1974 - James Jarvis
1975 - Rinzen
1976 - Airside
1977 - Niklaus Troxler
1978 - Jonathan Ellery
1979 - Oliver Jeffers
1980 - Glenn Leyburn
1981 - Barber Osgerby
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