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Bloomberg Businessweek

The reincarnation of Businessweek features a reincarnation of Helvetica: Neue Haas Grotesk

Contributed by Marc Oxborrow on Dec 19th, 2010. Artwork published in 2010.

Neue Haas Grotesk for Bloomberg Business Week

I experienced a range of emotions when I came across the first issues of Bloomberg Businessweek’s redesign in early 2010: admiration, envy, and even a little anger. How dare creative director Richard Turley reinvent the venerable publication in such a Euro-perfect way, using Helvetica no less? And how gloriously Swiss (by way of London) it is: tight-but-not touching heads, buttery-smooth sidebar text, with the entire design informed (but not bound) by grids and rules.

Except that it turns out that the type I was admiring wasn’t really Helvetica, but a new digital version of its original incarnation, Neue Haas Grotesk. Type designer Christian Schwartz describes the project as a restoration, “bringing [Helvetica designer Max] Miedinger’s original Neue Haas Grotesk back to life with as much fidelity to his original shapes and spacing as possible.” The redrawn shapes, impeccable spacing, and revival of an alternate straight-legged ‘R’ position Neue Haas Grotesk as a contemporary sans serif, without a whiff of the nostalgia and irony that can saddle Helvetica.

Oh, and did I mention that the magazine’s covers are consistently inventive and smart? It looks like the arrival of the latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek will continue to be an emotional event.


2 Comments on “Bloomberg Businessweek

  1. Jan 13th, 2011  6:13 pm
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    The new Case and Point has a post on Businessweek.

  2. Wei says:
    May 16th, 2011  6:37 am
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    Don't forget Publico for body and feature titles!

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