Excellent Documentary Marred By Typographic Anachronisms
The best way to tick off a graphic designer cum typography blogger? Intercut the historical footage from 1963 in the BBC documentary Martin Luther King and the March on Washington with images of fake vintage banners printed in vinyl with friggin’ Arial (released in 1982). Last night I was thoroughly enjoying the documentary until the sight of that godawful rip-off neo-grotesque specifically designed to compete with Helvetica – with its limpy leg on the R and half-arsed G – completely yanked me out of my viewing experience. I understand the need for poetic slow motion images of a banner waving in the wind, but couldn’t they at least try to fake it a little more convincingly? Can you believe I actually felt cheated and only half believed the remainder of the documentary? I urge the United Nations to issue a stern warning and vote a resolution for mandatory typographic consultants in film and television productions, preferably the slightly brilliant and always affable Mark Simonson. Shame on you, BBC, shame on you!
The FontFeed is a daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world. Eat up.
- Support the production of the documentary about Jim Rimmer, possibly the only person who designed and fabricated fonts in both…Read more
- The opening sequence for “How We Built Britain”, the landmark BBC One show that aired over June and July 2007,…Read more
- An interview with Jim Rimmer about RTF Stern, the first typeface ever to be simultaneously released in metal and digital…Read more
- Forty9 is a PDF magazine that can be viewed on screen, but was also designed to be printed, showcasing the…Read more
- This week the typographic world congregates in Los Angeles, as TypeCon2010: Babel takes over the City of the Angels.…Read more
- ScreenFonts: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Under The Skin, Hateship Loveship, The Quiet Ones (9)