Gary Hustwit is not only a hero to graphic designers everywhere, he happens to be one of the nicest, most genuine guys we’ve ever met. His nerves were somewhat soothed after the premiere of Helvetica, where they had to turn 150 people away–150 people!–and he was finally enjoying a well-deserved beer. Listen, we’d be thrilled about this movie no matter what–just the existence of a feature-length film about design is reason for us to cheer–but we’re telling you, this is a great movie. The design community should be sending Gary Hustwit love letters for a very long time. You can write them in any typeface you want, too, because he’s definitely ready to start looking at something else. Maybe a nice serif.
Hustwit has had more than 100 requests to screen Helvetica around the world and at most of those screenings a designer from the film will join him. In Austin, that designer was David Carson, and to answer your next question, yes. We met David Carson. We weren’t so sure about him at first, you know, his bad boy reputation and all. That and the fact that he’s actually kind of like the villain in Helvetica. And although most of his sentences do start “Well, I’ve never really gotten along with ______, but…” or “Me and _______ don’t really see eye-to-eye, so…”, we found him to be pretty open and delightful company on two separate occasions. He’s got a great sense of humor. And to answer your second question, yes. He is even more tan in real life.