I love type. It’s my favourite part of design. For me, there’s nothing better than working with a beautiful serif typeface or a bubbly rounded sans that just screams “cool”.
A few years ago I worked on a 50th anniversary book for an screen-printing organisation, and when I was handed the project, I jumped at the chance to design a book using typefaces from the past 50 decades. For hours, no days, no weeks I poured over typefaces from the 50s through to today. I took great pleasure in researching which were the most influential typefaces of each decade and chose typefaces that are both well known and well used in everyday design and coupled them with other typefaces that I normally wouldn’t get to work with. To put it mildly, I was in my element when working on that design!
So, when I stumbled upon a blog article pointing out the blunders that prop and set workers on movies have made in well known periodical movies I was mortified (and somewhat amused) that they could get it so wrong and more importantly, how? Check out the article here: “Typecasting: the Use (and Misuse) of Period Typography in Movies”, and get ready to laugh. It’s quite amazing that some movies got it so wrong … read this article and I promise you’ll never watch a movie in the same way again (I watched Sherlock Holmes last night and I could SWEAR that I saw a number of mis-typed typefaces!). Enjoy!