Yesterday I sat through a screening of the film “Helvetica” at the SXSW conference in Austin. Three weeks earlier, I attended a screening of “The Number 23.”
Both films make an enlightening point of demonstrating how common — perhaps even invasive — everyday items can become.
For example, I write this post while awaiting my flight to Indianapolis. I depart from gate C23, which is typeset in the font Helvetica.
Perhaps more films about everyday items will be made, continuing this trend. Here are a few suggestions:
- “8.5×11 Paper:” did it spawn the 1″ margin
- “The Phillips Head:” how it screwed the flat head
- “Air Quotes:” why they are the only form of puntcuation that is mimed
- “Zero vs O:” why the number is frequently prononced like the vowel
Or perhaps someone will create a mockumentory on just how frequent the number 23 is typeset in Halvetica, much like the number that marks my gate.