TUESDAY PICK | “Helvetica” documentary is worth watching again—or for the first time


As the Walker Art Center’s Andrew Blauvelt pointed out when conducting a media tour of the Walker’s recently-closed exhibit Graphic Design: Now in Production, 20 years ago most people didn’t even know what a font was—now, font names become trending topics on Twitter. You may have dismissed Gary Hustwit’s acclaimed 2007 Helvetica if you’re not a font geek yourself; if so, you made a mistake. The film is one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, an articulate exploration of why design matters in everyday life. It’s now available in multiple home video formats, including Netflix streaming; let your serifs down and enjoy it sometime soon.