Monday, January 05, 2009

I am Courier

For most of us, fonts are just fonts, and haven't they always just been there? You can get lots of them, many are free like those at 1001freefonts.com. Then there are the classic fonts like Arial or Times New Roman that we all know and love to use with our basic word processing software. At the other extreme, some have their own unique fonts that are specially designed and copyrighted and nobody else is allowed to use them (for example, here's a bit about the process of developing a special font for Google's Android cell phone).

"Independent Lens: Helvetica" is a film showing on PBS, about the font...helvetica, of course. Developed in 1957 in Switzerland and "at a time when many European countries were recovering from the ravages of war, Helvetica presented a way to express newness and modernity". You had no idea Helvetica had such a rich history, rich enough for film! (check their program guide to see when the film airs on your local stations.)

What Font are you?
I don't often bother with personality quizzes to tell me what kind of person I am, but this one was worth my time (and thanks to Clara for sharing the link to this quiz and the film). So I took the quiz, and apparently, I am Courier. Which is nice. I am pretty happy with this analysis. The courier personality is described thus: like a typewriter-style font on a computer, you go proudly against the grain. You're not afraid to let your opinions be known, and for you, anything is better than being known as conventional.

10 comments:

Carol said...

I came out as Courier too! I feel more like Comic Sans but Courier's okay. I don't often do quizzes but that one just appealed. Have I said Happy New Year to you yet?

Rhonda said...

Ah welcome to the exclusive courier club! I've heard the results from many people now and there are lots of helvetica, times new roman, edwardian script... but so far, just 3 courier - you, me, and my spouse!

... Paige said...

Well then that makes me the special one here...

I'm Helvetica font

But maybe that is not a good thing...
No it is!

Rhonda said...

ah yes, Helvetica is a classic!

mchen said...

Ha ha! I'm Courier too, Rhonda :) I'm just thankful I didn't ring in as Copperplate, the most overused font on earth. Happy new year to you; here's to a great, healthy, creative year!

rhonda_mk said...

welcome to the club, mchen!

Anonymous said...

But where does one get Helvetica? Yahoo and blogspot and gmail do not have it. Im not even sure that microsoft word has it.

Rhonda said...

Well, Helvetica is a registered trademark of Linotype-Hell AG and/or its subsidiaries. So it can't just be inculded in every email software or text editing program willy nilly. It has been available as a standard font on Apple computers for a long time, but not IBMs as much. I believe it is included with most Adobe products, like Photoshop and Illustrator, hence its wide use in the graphic design world.

moreidlethoughts said...

Well, I come in as Courier, which is fine, but odd as I think these quizzes are aimed at kids one third my age!

Rhonda said...

i'm glad so many other couriers have stopped by! the club is growing :)