Don’t Try This At Home….
For Jo’s brief we were asked to live without Helvetica for 12 hours. This is to be taken into one sitting and a diary must be kept to show the time and also a visual recording of this must also be kept showing where instances of it’s finding and lack of use/obstacle etc.
I will be uploading the photos I have taken to show my findings of Helvetica and you will be able to find out how I avoided the typeface.
My day started off on a Wednesday morning as I was driving to college. I needed to find a new car park because the car park I usually keep my car had Helvetica writing splashed across in big bold letters and I needed to avoid this. It was 9.25am at this point and I needed to be at college for 9.30am. I was getting a little stressed trying to figure out where to park but luckily I found somewhere and was only a few minutes late for my first lesson.
At College when I went into the first lesson I realised that my computer keyboard had Helvetica lettering which meant I needed another computer with a non Helvetica keyboard face. This meant moving computers and when I finally sat down to a non Helvetica keyboard I was faced with another dilemma.
A boy named Joe who was in my class had a bag he must use for college with huge Helvetica writing staring straight at me. I knew I had to move once again and I finally plucked up the courage to ask someone else from my class to swap seats with me that didnt have a Helvetica keyboard and was a good few feet away from Joe’s bag.
Once we had got our first break I had gone outside with a friend whilst she had a cigarette and found two more Helvetica interruptions. The first one was a ‘litter’ bin and the next was a recylce bin that was next to the litter bin. I told my friend we needed to move away from the smoking area and with a strange glance she suggested another part of the college that was free of Helvetica typefaces!!!