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Helvetica has my heart

I referred in my last entry about how I cleaned up my digital music collection, specifically the artwork. I am a fan of anything that is uniform, logical, and methodical. For the longest time, I had always been unhappy with the album artwork; namely due to the broad range of quality, and then the whole inconsistency of everything. Rather than hunt the Internet for that perfect 500x500 HD scan, or attempt (but never really succeed at) scanning my own copies and tidying them up on Photoshop, I opted to have all album artwork the same.

The rules are as follows:

  • Artist name in correct casing, bold weighting, at 100pt
  • Artist name in their highlight colour (different for every artist)
  • Album title in upper casing, regular type, at 50pt
  • Artist name and album name left-aligned
  • The typeface is, of course, Helvetica

My iTunes library is now neat, tidy, and consistent. And I couldn't be happier.

Helvetica makes me happy. It is adorning this diary, and today, a book on the history of the typeface landed on my doormat and I've spent the afternoon reading about the history and looking at pictures of it utilised in company logos, street signs, medicine labels, and a partridge in a pear tree. In fact, the word 'Helvetica' in numerous point sizes and weightings is my iPhone screensaver.

Maybe this is why I'm single.

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