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Helvetica new film poster

Watch a legendary design documentary on a big screen in the main hall of London Design Museum

May 4th 2022

Helvetica is a feature-length documentary about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.

Produced and Directed by:
Gary Hustwit
Shelby Siegel
Director of Photography:
Luke Geissbuhler
Motion Graphics:
Trollbäck & Co.
Running time:
80 minutes

Helvetica is a cinematic exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type. Helvetica encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day.

Interviewees in Helvetica include some of the most illustrious and innovative names in the design world, including Erik Spiekermann, Matthew Carter, Massimo Vignelli, Wim Crouwel, Hermann Zapf, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, David Carson, Paula Scher, Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones, Experimental Jetset, Michael C. Place, Norm, Alfred Hoffmann, Mike Parker, Bruno Steinert, Otmar Hoefer, Leslie Savan, Rick Poynor, and Lars Müller.

4th-18th May, 2022

Retrospective Gary Hustwit trilogy

Helvetica – Objectified – Urbanized

The Design Museum

Main Hall

224-238 Kensington High Street


W8 6AG