Friday, September 26, 2008

Ricky Gervais and the "Arthur" font

I was flipping through the latest Entertainment Weekly and I read an article about some of the big roles Ricky Gervais had turned down over the past couple of years. He had an offer to star in a remake of the Dudley Moore film, Arthur, Gervais responded, ''I said 'no' straight-away. Why would I mess with a perfect comedy? They know people don't watch films that have the wrong font — it's got an '80s font.''

Now, I can picture drunk Dudley, Liza Minelli and butler John Gielgud, but for the life of me, I can't remember what typeface was used. I know it would look dated today.

As my co-worker, writer, Miguel would say, "If only there was some way of instantly finding out information. You know, a collection or network of computers somehow linked together in some web fashion..."

To the library!

Okay, so the reason I couldn't picture what typeface was used is because A) It wasn't really a typical bad "80's" font. and B) They used several different treatments. Seems like consistency wasn't that important back then. Take a look.

By the way the fonts appear to be Bodoni and Franklin Gothic.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Quebec Typography

Signage Quebec City, originally uploaded by mahhcus.

During a summer vacation in Quebec, I found myself taking shots (primarily of "Des Bar Laitier" which are Ice Cream Stands) of typography. The design is beautiful there. Not too commercialized and not too Americanized. Check out more here

Monday, September 15, 2008

You've got to be kidding

THIS is the new NBA team logo for the Oklahoma Thunder?

It's as if the designer was told to ignore any imagery about the state of Oklahoma, thunder or... basketball to that extent. The colors are safe, the type is safe, the whole logo is safe. Terrible. To me, the best logos are ones that define the city and have a purpose graphically. The two that do this the best, are the simplicity of the Celtics logo and the Spurs logo

Of course, this latest thunder isn't the worst logo. No, Washington has that top honor.