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Say hello to Neue Haas Unica

Monotype has revived a typeface that got lost amongst legal disputes and the rise of desktop publishing in the 80's. Haas Unica was a sort of follow up to Helvetica, a hybrid of Helvetica, Univers and Akzidenz Grotesk.

André Gürtler, one of the three original typographers of Unica said, “Unica was designed to be different, sharper than Helvetica, warmer than Univers, cleaner than Akzidenz.”

You can get the thin version for free of the full family for $99, see the typeface over at

Minimal Maps

Minimal Maps is an ongoing research project by Michael Pecirno. The project visualises such things as America's grass lands, deciduous trees, corn fields et al.

“For instance, corn fields take up 91 million acres of the American landscape. This is a staggering 4.83% of the continuous United States.* While hearing that value is quite astounding, there is little way right now for us to visualise what 4.83% of the American landscape looks like, or furthermore, where this land is. By focussing each map on a single subject, we are able to better visualise and understand our landscape.”

Whilst helping to visualise the data the maps are also visually pleasing, so much so that you can buy prints of them.