Creator of Helvetica Font Passes Away

The popular font was just one of more than a thousand he created

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Mike Parker, 85, passed away this Sunday. You may not recognize his name, but he’s the brainchild behind one of the most widely used font ever: Helvetica. American Airlines, Staples, Skype, Microsoft, Toyota are just some of the big names using the storied font.

There’s also a documentary about the legendary font and its “godfather.” This is what Parker said during a 2007 interview on designing fonts:

When you talk about the design of Haas Neue Grotesk or Helvetic, what it’s all about is the interrelationship of the negative shape, the figure-ground relationship, the shapes between characters and within characters, with the black, if you like, with the inked surface… I mean you can’t imagine anything moving; it is so firm. It is not a letter that bent to shape; it’s a letter that lives in a powerful matrix of surrounding space. It’s… oh, it’s brilliant when it’s done well.

Parker’s accomplishments didn’t end at Helvetica. He was responsible for more than 1,100 fonts during his lifetime and was hailed as a legendary designer and typographer.

4 comments
DarpanaAthale
DarpanaAthale

Parker was responsible for popularising Helvetica as a Linotype... he's not the creator.  Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann created the Helvetica.

En_visage
En_visage

Seems odd that the article is written in a Times Roman style font instead of sans-serif Helvetica.