According to graphic designer Tynan Humphrey, the old font appeared to be Helvetica while the new font looks like Avenir. “It’s a little lighter, and a bit more geometric than the old font,” he told the Daily Dot.
Snapchat changed one of their app’s fonts and hilarity ensued. Click to read the DailyDot article: Snapchat changed its font and now life just doesn’t make sense anymore
Hat tip to MrMild.
Tony Cultreri, our West Coast correspondent, is charged with keeping us up to date with all the latest typographic happenings in the fabulous Los Angeles area. Here are his latest submissions:
It’s an old item, but I missed it . . .
Helvetica Bold Oblique was the big winner at Tuesday’s 73rd Annual Fonty Awards, taking home 11 statues, including those for Best Sans Serif and the highly coveted 2001 Best Font prize.
Helvetica Bold Oblique Sweeps Fontys | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.
Massimo Vignelli’s redesign of the signage of New York City Transit Authority in 1970 was a major example of the International Style or Swiss Style of graphic design. The graphics standards manual was credited to Unimark (Massimo Vignelli was one of its the founders and partners), and is now available online (click on Original Manual) thanks to the efforts of Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed, and Hamish Smyth. The copy they have posted once belonged to the famous Pentagram graphic design collective.
New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual, 1970
See the manual. Thanks to the HuffPost for the link.
I have no problem with the Vignelli design (though there have been attempts to improve on it). My main complaint is that, 40 years later, the implementation of the system’s signage is so incomplete and inconsistent, that visitors frequently get lost below ground.
See Paul Shaw’s article about transit signage and NYC’s in particular.
It’s called YWFT HLLVTKA and it sure is funky. I bought it and expect to be using it soon.