F-in’ Hilarious Font Friday

Grand Theft Auto and The Price Is Right logos

Did you know that Grand Theft Auto and The Price is Right use the same typeface? Totally awesome. It’s Pricedown Black (see below) from font house Typodermic. I discovered this using WhatTheFont, a great online tool that helps you find out what typeface a particular type sample uses. You upload an image, ascertain which characters it displays, and the WhatTheFont bot gives you its best guesses. Alternately, “let cloak-draped font enthusiasts lend a hand in the WhatTheFont Forum.” WTF has enlightened me many times.

Grand Theft Auto logo

The Price Is Right logo

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Fingerprinting Font Metrics Font Friday

AE Æ glyphs

These University of California, Berkeley researchers studied a method of compromising web user privacy, “fingerprinting” of online text: using font glyph* measuring techniques in various browsers to decipher text. (More pages, or buy the ebook or paperback, at books.google.com. Not to be confused with my post Fingerprint Font Friday.)

*Loosely, a typographic unit

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Fortean Font Friday

Fortean Times cover 058 - July 1991

Fortean Times is a British monthly magazine devoted to the anomalous phenomena popularized by Charles Fort. Previously published by John Brown Publishing (from 1991 to 2001) and then I Feel Good Publishing (2001 to 2005), it is now published by Dennis Publishing Ltd. As of December 2014, its circulation was just under 14,300 copies per month. The magazine’s tagline is “The World of Strange Phenomena.” (Wikipedia)

The magazine covers, particularly the more recent ones, are a glorious riot of photographs and illustrations overlaid with type announcing everything from modern-day trepanation to live burial. For the complete cover experience, go to the Fortean Times cover gallery, 1972-present.

The News cover 001 - November 1973
The News cover 001 – November 1973

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Flesh-Free Font Friday

Skeletons!

A classic Halloween visual. Here’s a skeleton font from a new-to-me source: home machine embroidery. How the embroidery works: you install software from a website or disk and it tells your home embroidery machine—your enhanced sewing machine or dedicated device—how to make the letterforms or designs. This alphabet was developed by trishsthreads.com and is available here in several embroidery machine formats and two sizes for $7.99. You can contact trishsthreads at pschmiedl@q.com.

NOTE: I’m showing these letters for viewing purposes only. Please don’t use them for online or print purposes.

Here’s the font in action:

tote bag with "Trish" embroidery

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Flesh Font Friday (NSFW)

Full alphabet

From designboom:

a series of ethereal photographs by greek artist anastasia mastrakouli utilizes the nude human form to highlight the dialectical relationship between anatomy and visual art. each image is the product of an experimental performance, rendered as a composition of a silhouette and surface while conforming to the shape of the english alphabet. cut off from its physical nature, the corporeal becomes an abstracted imprint of a letter.

naked silhouette alphabet by anastasia mastrakouli

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Foot Font Friday

"All Is Fair in Love and War" foot tattoo

A lot of people seem to get type tattoos on their feet. Judging by images online, most of the tattoos are on women, and are inspirational (“Live Laugh Love,” or a serotonin molecule labeled “Stay Positive”). Some are foot-specific (“These feet are made for dancing”) and a few are names (“Amanda”). Many of them use the swooping, unreadable script I mentioned in my blog post Flash Font Friday. A large number of the tattoos are on the side of the foot, possibly so they’d be hidden by most women’s shoes.

Inspirational

"Live Laugh Love" foot tattoo

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‘F is for The Flash’ Font Friday

A is for Captain America

Alphabet created by Simon Koay, from SimonKoay.com:

Superbet

‘Superbet’ is a typographic exploration of alphabet design by reimagining each letter of the alphabet as everyone’s favourite superheroes and supervillains. Each letter has been created with inspiration from characters who share that same initial in their name.These would be great for kids, or as CNet put it, “perfect for any bedroom wall or pinned up at a School for Gifted Youngsters.
Prints available at Society 6Simon Koay "Superbet"

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