Mark Simonson’s Changeling Stars In Star Trek

Just a quick one before the weekend. Since commenting on the Star Trek posters in the most recent episode of ScreenFonts and listing all the Star Trek typefaces available as digital fonts, I found out yet another typographic tidbit. Yesterday I visited Mark Simonson‘s Notebook after quite a hiatus and discovered in the latest instalment of his excellent Son of Typecasting series that his typeface Changeling made it into the new Star Trek movie. He was able to get photographic evidence from high-resolution promotional stills from the movie. It’s a bit hidden in the background, but still easily recognisable.


The crew members James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), McCoy (Karl Urban), an unidentified crew member, Spock (Zachary Quinto), and Sulu (John Cho) on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

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As Mark explains in his Notebook post:

Changeling was a redesign and expansion of an old film font from the seventies called China. I added more weights, more styles, and more characters, as well as modifying the design as I saw fit. One of the more noticeable things I changed was the “4”, which is how I know it’s Changeling that was used in the film.


Zachary Quinto stars as Spock.

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Mark concludes that he “was in several kinds of geek heaven” when he found out about it, and rightly so. Live long and prosper, Mark!


Changeling was featured in Donald Beekman‘s Favourite Club Fonts.
All images promotional stills from Star Trek. Photo credit: Industrial Light & Magic.
© 2008 by PARAMOUNT PICTURES. All Rights Reserved.

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8 Comments:

  1. Quite an enterprising investigation there, by Mark :-)

    Posted by Chris Lozos on Jun. 26, 2009
  2. Very tDR/Wipeout-ish :-) Nice.

    Posted by Jerome on Jun. 27, 2009
  3. This is a great font. In characters like w and v and the numbers 4 and 7 you can trace the differences. I once made a font based on the structure of lines and round corners (fontstruct but analog and in 1957!) but w, v, 4 and 7 were a total disaster (as I see it now).

    Posted by Henk Gianotten on Jun. 27, 2009
  4. Very tDR/Wipeout-ish

    The Designers Republic was exposed to similar influences, hence the shared visual language. We’re all children of our time. ;)

    Posted by Yves Peters on Jun. 27, 2009
  5. is there a good list of ‘serious’ sci-fi faces anywhere? I like the look of Nebulon, but it’s not available yet, are there any others that are worthy of a look?

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Jul. 1, 2009
  6. If you like Nebulon you might like FP Head Pro. More sci-fi stuff in this list of minimal square display faces.

    Posted by Stephen Coles on Jul. 2, 2009
  7. Thanks Stephen, I’d already checked out FP Head Pro and decided it was not really what I was after. I’m just taking a look at your list now.

    For the record I ended up going with Girard Slab from House, it’s quite sci-fi in the right context.

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Jul. 3, 2009
  8. Did anyone recognize any of the other fonts used in the new movie?

    Posted by Dwight Williams on Jul. 15, 2009

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