Thanks – Hope you enjoy what is to come. Andy.
A dry martini to the first person who can name, off the top of their head and without looking it up, the font used on the cover for the title of “Data Flow”.
Clue: I had a chapbook of poems published in Queensland Australia with the title in this font (in red, too!) on the cover, titled “The Blast Area”, in … 1975!!!.
You are drifting back, back through time….
John – did you get an answer? Is it the same font modified for the Clockwork Orange titles? (I say that from memory without actually bothering to go and compare the two…)
I couldn’t find the answer even with looking it up, though I know I saw that type often when I was a kid. I found a font that’s clearly adapted from the same original, though; does that count?
Maybe I got it a little bit wrong: it seems to me that the font on Data Flow has been adapted (simplified and altered slightly) from a font called “Baby Teeth”. Here’s the chapbook it was used on in 1975:
I’ll be in New York next year some time, and I guess I owe you a martini. Stirred, not shaken: what sort of animal would shake a martini?
Interesting. What I found was Wagner Silhouette NF—
This roly-poly, rollicking display font is based on a design from the 1946 book Blue print text book of sign and show card lettering by Charles Louis Henry Wagner, who seems to have had an aversion to combination words (like blueprint, textbook and showcard).
It’s not the same as what’s on either book, but it’s probably related.
Thanks, India. You’re right. And Baby Teeth is an obvious (improved) descendant. It’s by Milton Glaser, 1968. Here are two sites that mention it:
Just bothered to actually have a look at the Clockwork Orange poster and it’s obviously not that.
I think it is probably Wagner Silhouette judging by the F. I can’t find an example of the F in any of the others and it’s quite distinctive. I’ve asked Thibaud Tissot, the book’s designer to confirm.
It’s custom designed for the cover apparently.
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the single most valuable—productivity boosting—feature that an ereader platform could add would be a complete and open API for bookmarks, highlights, and notes. If I could have all of my highlights and notes automatically sync—marked up and tagged—to my Simplenote account, that would trump any design feature or widget ereader vendors can possibly think of. —Baldur Bjarnason
@pkay225 puts it another way: Me: should books be culturally privileged? Audience *crickets* Me: who has had their life changed by a book? Audience *all hands go up*
@crankykramer plays the dozens: Yo mama's so old she thinks CMS stands for Chicago Manual of Style.
@Ted_Underwood, 2 tweets: Wrote on board: "read intro to p. xxvii, story to p. 43." Students: "wait, do we read to page 27 or page 43?" Revealing that they still understand roman numerals ... but *not* necessarily the conventions of the printed codex ...
Fun fact: many of the most influential people in ebooks today outright reject the idea that design makes a substantial contribution to a book’s meaning. —Baldur Bjarnason
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