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. [via]
posted by planetesimal
on Feb 2, 2014 -
"ON DARK evenings in late 1916, a frail 76-year-old man could often be seen shuffling furtively between The Dove, a pub in west London, and the green and gold turrets of Hammersmith Bridge. Passers-by paid no attention, for there was nothing about Thomas Cobden-Sanderson’s nightly walks to suggest that he was undertaking a peculiar and criminal act of destruction."
's Christmas Edition tells the story of "the Fight Over the Doves"
: “No more graceful Roman letter has ever been cut and cast,” [more inside]
posted by chavenet
on Dec 22, 2013 -
Once upon a time
, typographical practice was anarchy. Printers put in all sizes of spaces in haphazard ways, including after periods. Then, a standard emerged: the single space after a period. Unfortunately, the evil typewriter came along, and for some unknown reason, people began to put wider double spaces after periods. Typographers railed against the practice, but they could do nothing. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious
on Sep 17, 2013 -
"For all those who need to communicate clearly and even add a modicum of aesthetic value to their messages, this publication provides everything you always wanted to ask but didn’t know how to." [via
posted by dhruva
on Aug 20, 2013 -
. A very long page of very well curated snippets of lettering and typography on packages from decades ago.
posted by ardgedee
on Aug 19, 2013 -
You can still read the text of James Joyce's Ulysses even if all 265,222 words are printed on a 33 x 47 inch poster. It's a little harder when you cram the 820,000 words of the King James Bible. "Warner says theoretically they could print letterforms that are just seven printing dots high, meaning a type size of 0.3pt, where the capital letters would be .0002 inches tall. “That would be a poster with way over 1 million words,” he says. “And as of yet, we’ve not found a famous work in the public domain that long.” Also available
, Das Kapital, Faust, Moby Dick, Origin of Species, MacBeth, Pride and Prejudice, Kama Sutra, Don Quixote, Tristram Shandy with more to come.
posted by storybored
on Aug 1, 2013 -
During my service in the Korean military, I worked for two years as special intelligence personnel for the NSA, learning first-hand how to extract information from defense targets. Now, as a designer, I am influenced by these experiences and I have become dedicated to researching ways to “articulate our unfreedom” and to continue the evolution of my own thinking about censorship, surveillance, and a free society.
ZXX is a disruptive typeface
designed by an ex-Korean intelligence officer to prevent automated text processing. ZXX Type Specimen Video
. Project site
offers a free download (.zip, 77 KB)
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jun 22, 2013 -
"There isn’t a style book for this stuff," Tom Bodkin, design director of the Times explains
. "There’s no consistency."
posted by larrybob
on May 3, 2013 -
In 1962, fifty years ago this month, striking union printers shut down four New York City newspapers in resistance to computerized, automated technologies that were being introduced in newsrooms across the country. Five other area papers shut down voluntarily. The strike lasted 114 days and sounded the death knell for four newspapers. For a brief period, New York was a laboratory that demonstrated what can happen when newspapers vanish. Today, new technology is again shaking American newspapers as the Internet drains away more and more advertising revenue. Is this The Long Good Bye? [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Nov 30, 2012 -
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
on Jul 25, 2012 -
is a typeface for creating simple editable graphs and charts, designed by Travis Kochel
. Driven by the frustration of creating graphs within design applications and inspired by typefaces such as FF Beowolf
and FF PicLig
, Travis saw an opportunity to take advantage of OpenType technology to simplify the process. Using OpenType
features, simple strings of numbers are automatically transformed into charts. The visualized data remains editable, allowing for hassle-free updates and styling. Watch the demo video
. Buy a license
posted by heatherann
on Jun 29, 2012 -
The Comedy Carpet
is an enormous public typographic artwork in Blackpool, England, for decades a waystation for every stand-up comedian and comedy troupe in the country. This giant expanse of typography – like a football field of flat concrete you can read and walk on – displays every punchline and catchphrase of 20th-century British comedy, up to and including the entire Monty Python “Parrot Sketch.” Designer Andy Altmann gives a talk
(direct Vimeo version
) describing the immense design, computation, and construction work that went into fitting all those letters together. [more inside]
posted by joeclark
on Jun 18, 2012 -
is a tumblr devoted to images of chrome: the lettering, logos, and ornaments adorning old automobiles (and bicycles and cameras and appliances).
posted by gamera
on May 23, 2012 -
was a major figure in the Czech avant-garde; a writer, designer, typographer and collagist.
He was a member of Devětsil
and later joined the Prague Surrealist group with Toyen
and Jindrich Styrsky
Here are some of his Book Covers
of the 1920- and 1930's and 1926 he made ABECEDA
with each letter posed by the dancer Milca Mayerová.
Here is a video reconstruction
of the dance moves.
Teige died in 1951 of a heart attack, said to be a result of a ferocious Soviet press campaign against him as a 'Trotskyite degenerate,' his papers were destroyed by the secret police, and his published work was suppressed for decades.
The Central European Review
has some articles on his work.
posted by adamvasco
on May 9, 2012 -