Who 'owns' Helvetica?

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Michelle Guarino's picture
Joined: 20 Feb 2011 - 6:38pm
Who 'owns' Helvetica?
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I know there have been a lot of Helvetica discussions (because I’ve been reading through them) but why not one more?
What I’m wondering are what brands ‘own’ Helvetica, and can/should always own it vs. companies that fall in line using it. I guess, what makes Helvetica special to certain companies over others?

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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You don't own Helvetica. Helvetica owns you. Run away.

hhp

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Joined: 6 Mar 2010 - 12:54am
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> I’m wondering are what brands ‘own’ Helvetica

Are you asking why some graphic designers use helvetica in logos and/or specify helvetica as the corporate typeface for their clients? Hasn't that been discussed extensively already? Or am I misunderstanding your question?

Fábio Duarte Martins's picture
Joined: 23 Nov 2005 - 10:27am
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@JamesM: No, James, hrant is not asking anything, he's just stating that Helvetica is overused.

In my opinion, Helvetica is immensely dull and is a lazy choice. So I agree with hrant: run away from Helvetica.

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Joined: 6 Mar 2010 - 12:54am
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> No, James, hrant is not asking anything

Scannerlicker, my question was to the original poster, not to hrant.

I didn't notice that hrant had revived an old thread, and the original poster was long gone and never replied to my question.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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You call that old?

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James Michaels's picture
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In the big scheme of things, 15 months isn't that long. But way too long for most posters to wait for the first reply.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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That's why it's so awesome to reply for the benefit of society, not just one person.

hhp