Golly gosh, folks, this Sunday, March 8 is International Women’s Day! Isn’t it neat that they let us ladies have a whole day to ourselves? And a whole month to ourselves too? One out of twelve is just nifty! In any case, I thought I’d celebrate the day’s novel status with some typography for this, my cute li’l typography blog, and look for women-oriented fonts.
Here’s the very first thing I got when I googled “female” and “font” on March 8 last year:
This font will make your brain hurt
Oxymora is a typeface that evokes the twisting, non-Euclidian geometry of MC Escher’s artwork
Impossible, twisting geometric artwork abounds across the internet (see The Verge‘s logo for one prominent example). So it seems high time that someone made a similarly reality-defying font. “Oxymora” is it, transforming the familiar forms of English letters into bizarre, spatially confused 3D blocks that make your brain hurt. It was created by Barcelona-based illustrator and designer Birgit Palma, who says she was inspired by the work of brain-teasing artist MC Escher. As she tells us:
Not to be confused with my post Found Font Friday 1, the tale of a bitter turn-of-the-20th-century rivalry which led to economically valuable—and artistically priceless—metal type being flung into London’s River Thames, to be recovered only after a lapse of a hundred years.
This post deals with matters cheerier, cheekier, and altogether less grim.
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A gloriously obsessive examination of the typography in 2001: A Space Odyssey. This post stars Albertus, City Medium, Eurostile Bold and Bold Extended, Futura, Gill Sans, Microgramma, Spartan and Univers. Please also see my post Future Font Friday 1. Now, over to Mr. Addey:
2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece – seems an appropriate place to start a blog about typography in sci-fi. Amongst other delights, it offers a zero-gravity toilet, emergency resuscitations, exploding bolts, and product placement aplenty. It’s also the Ur Example of Eurostile Bold Extended’s regular appearance in spacecraft user interfaces.
Right from the opening scene, we’re treated to Kubrick’s love of bold, clean, sans-serif typography:
A handy how-to to make any word look like it’s from [cue theremin music] THE FUTURE! Via Dave Addey at Typeset in the Future. I’ll be watching his blog for more posts on sci-fi type.
We’ve already seen how Eurostile Bold Extended is spectacularly effective at establishing a movie’s timeframe. But if Eurostile isn’t enough, there’s more you can do to clarify your movie’s timeframe. I’d like to introduce you to six easy rules that are pretty much guaranteed to position your text firmly in the FUTURE.
We’ll start with some simple sans-serif text, such as this randomly chosen word in Eurostile Bold. So far, so 2016:
Hailed as “A Cthulhuian Font You Can Download and Use to Summon Strange Beings,” NeatoGeek presents a quasi-cuneiform alphabet for your delectation. (See also my previous post, Fhtagn Font Friday 1: fonts are downloadable from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society website.)
*Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn
Part three of five articles concerned with spotting fake Louis Vuitton merchandise. This cool font-related piece is about the font and spacing of the characters in the signature heat-stamped label. Mostly the signals of an authentic label are subtleties of spacing, alignment, and character shape. Font geeks, pull up a chair!
Spotting Fake Louis Vuitton (III – Heat-stamped Label)
[Heat (hot) stamp] : Authentic Louis Vuitton fonts generally conform to a relatively constrained font that is heat (or hot) stamped into their label. These identifiable characteristics can be broken down and isolated by letter (or letter sequence relationships).