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July 25, 2012 7:10 AM   Subscribe

Superhero Typographic Classifications: "The most distinguishing factor of any font is its characters. Hidden beneath these characters, each typeface also has character—its own unique characteristics. However classified this information may seem, when used correctly, typefaces often speak to us more powerfully than the words that are written with them."
posted by Fizz (23 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Man, an entire Spider-Man book in that style would be pretty cool.
posted by griphus at 7:14 AM on July 25, 2012


"typefaces often speak to us more powerfully than the words that are written with them"
Is there a typeface that says "Citation needed"?
posted by memebake at 7:23 AM on July 25, 2012 [5 favorites]


Sigh.... the pics are great, but (and I realize this is picky of me!) a little better use of grammar would have been nice, too.
posted by easily confused at 7:25 AM on July 25, 2012


These are much cooler than I would have expected if I had known what I was expecting when I clicked the link.
posted by etc. at 7:33 AM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Handwriting fonts accelerate comprehension? Citation needed, indeed.
posted by DU at 7:36 AM on July 25, 2012


I'm trying to figure out who would represent Comic Sans. Ambush Bug?
posted by Shepherd at 7:39 AM on July 25, 2012


I'm trying to figure out who would represent Comic Sans.

Obviously.
posted by Fizz at 7:40 AM on July 25, 2012 [8 favorites]


The TicK! YEAH ^^^^
posted by TangerineGurl at 7:41 AM on July 25, 2012


The Joker?
posted by DU at 7:41 AM on July 25, 2012


Agh. Fizz beat me to it. Yeah, clearly The Tick.
posted by Wemmick at 7:42 AM on July 25, 2012


...I feel like I'm being pandered to.
posted by The Whelk at 7:43 AM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Papyrus should be Aquaman.
posted by Wemmick at 8:03 AM on July 25, 2012


Ambush Bug would be Wingdings.
posted by griphus at 8:09 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


(Well, him or Plastic Man.)
posted by griphus at 8:09 AM on July 25, 2012


Good call Wemmick.


What about Wonder Woman?
posted by oddman at 8:31 AM on July 25, 2012


Show me Celtic Md so I may punch him.
posted by The Whelk at 8:32 AM on July 25, 2012


I was gonna say Deadpool for Comic Sans, myself.
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 8:53 AM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Catwoman, Spider-Man and the Flash were great!
posted by jason_steakums at 8:59 AM on July 25, 2012


Hidden beneath these characters, each typeface also has character—its own unique characteristics.

The character of this characteristic intro is easy to caricature, the character character character cataract catamaran. Here's some moderately pretty but entirely pointless illustrations, illustrating illustriously that form is much more important than content.
posted by iotic at 9:13 AM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


I agree laconic. Downright silly and will probably never die.
posted by cmfletcher at 10:15 AM on July 25, 2012


Catwoman, Spider-Man and the Flash were great!

I was going to say exactly that -- I thought they were pretty good expressions of the characters, with the Spider-Man hearkening back to the original Ditko.

The others I found kind of meh, but I figure that's not a bad batting record overall for the conceit.

...I feel like I'm being pandered to.

Yeah, that too.

Papyrus should be Aquaman.

What, not Hawkman?
posted by Zed at 10:24 AM on July 25, 2012


I was going to say exactly that -- I thought they were pretty good expressions of the characters, with the Spider-Man hearkening back to the original Ditko.

I thought first of John Romita, Jr. (I would not be surprised if that specific drawing was used by Olin as reference, actually), but then JRjr's Spidey has the same wiry, slightly creepy look I also associate with Ditko, so I can see where you're coming from. Spidey along with Flash were definitely my favorites.

Also, how about Webdings for Deadpool?
posted by bettafish at 11:31 AM on July 25, 2012


The minimalist look is cool too for superheroes.
posted by nickyskye at 7:55 PM on July 25, 2012


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