my first idea for helvetica nation was to document the faces of universal movie monsters using helvetica bold to create iconography/symbols that were not complicated and could work as a set.
some of the monsters included in the 8 characters to be portrayed are shown below, (l-r), the mummy, the creature from the black lagoon, the hunchback of notre dame, the wolf man, and frankenstein.
others that i had planned to do included dracula, frankenstein’s bride and the phantom of the opera, who in the universal movie world, was considered a monster.
i actually made the whole face of the creature from the black lagoon and started on the wolf man (see picture at bottom), but i came to the conclusion that because all monsters were so different, visually the would not work as a set, and only as a set of characters from the same movie studio.
it was then i decided to have a go at doing hen son’s muppets, as the all had likenesses that could be carried over in bits and pieces into the 8 icons.