Helvetica Font Weights as Rock Music Genres (Infographic)

Dec 27 2010 by Tommy Swanson | 11 Comments

Helvetica Font Weights as Rock Music Genres (Infographic)

This fun infographic depicts Helvetica’s range of font weights as rock music genres. It has a dual purpose of serving as a witty cheatsheet for Helvetica font weights.

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Helvetica Font Weights

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Tommy Swanson (@tomswanson) is a young entrepreneur in Dallas, Texas and the CEO of Finer Hosting, a provider of managed VPS and dedicated server hosting which he co-founded with former Fused Hosting founder, Jack Heskett (@jackheskett).  They have a passion for internet marketing and building successful companies that are focused on client satisfaction.


Francesco Todaro

December 27th, 2010

It’s fun :-)


December 28th, 2010

This is dumb. There’s no connection between the font weights and the music genres. Looks totally arbitrary, except that it’s in the shape of a guitar. This ‘design’ lacks meaning.


December 28th, 2010

Fun :)

Vivek Parmar

December 28th, 2010

funny, a time pass :)


December 28th, 2010

I must agree with Ched. The fact the Helvetica is used has absolutely nothing to do with the genre of Rock Music. This could just as well have to do with flowers or design portfolios.


December 28th, 2010

Good cheatsheet. I’ll print it.

Tom Gladding

December 29th, 2010

cool :]


January 3rd, 2011

Ok, I don’t get this. And the kerning’s off, too.


January 7th, 2011

Sorry for the harsh words but:
1) it’s not an infographic.
2) completely unrelated to the terms, no good typography.
3) Helvetica doesn’t even suit rock’n'roll music


January 19th, 2011

I am in agreement with some of the others here; I think it’s lame. However, it IS a cheat sheet:

1) It shows the different font weights of Helvetica
2) It compares the progressive “heaviness” of the font weights with the perceived “hardness” of rock music genres, with Emo being the lightest and Grindcore being the “heaviest”.

Too bad Tommy isn’t into metal … \m/ \m/

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