Smelvetica von Tim Holman, eine schlecht gekernte Version der Helvetica, die bei Installation deren Platz als Systemschrift einnimmt: „Smelvetica is Helvetica for your best friends, or your worst enemies, […] a craftily edited version of the infamously robust Helvetica. The kerning has been specially altered, to be… well, bad, terrible, awful and painful.“ Großartiges Typo-Trolling ist großartig. (Danke Luka!)
Smelvetica is an experimentation in taking one of the worlds most beloved fonts, and turning it into a morbid monstrocity. This project began by pulling the original “Helvetica” font from my system files, and making a copy of it. From there I opened it in FontForge, which is a brilliant open source font editor.
From here, the task was fairly simple. I opened up each “version” of Helvetica (these being bold, oblique, light etc), randomly went through the capital and non capital letters and moved them around within their guide grids. This had the desired effect of ruining their beautifully crafted kerning, as such, creating “Smelvetica”.