These days the word geek has become associated with comic books, video games and basically anything that was uncool to like 15-plus years ago. It's not exactly the insult it used to be the '80s and '90s. Before it became an insult, though, geek is what you'd call an extreme enthusiast for something outside of the mainstream. So we'll be going with that last connotation of the word when we say that the new blog Typeset in the Future is the geekiest movie-related thing you'll see all day.
Written by ubergeek Dave Addey, Typeset in the Future's first entry is a ridiculously thorough examination of all of the fonts used in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it just goes to show the kind of attention to detail Stanley Kubrick, and the artisians he hired, obsessed over while trying to maintain the illusion that his film was taking place in decades into the future. Obviously spaceships are a bit of a giveaway, but as Addey points out, you can influence people's perception of the future by using fonts with cleaner, taller lines, and rounded edges.
Had you ever noticed that the opening title card "The Dawn of Man" was in a different font than all of the other titles in the movie? There's a reason for that. Have you ever wondered what the actual instructions for the zero-gravity toilet say? Addey's got that covered, too. Did you know that some of the film's title cards mix lettering from different fonts, and even seem to invent a few of their own? No, you probably didn't. But Dave Addey did, an he wrote all about it.
We know font choice in movies may not seem like an inherently fascinating topic, but if you have any interest in design, aesthetics and how something as seemingly simple as the appearance of letters can be manipulated to varying effects. give this breakdown of 2001: A Space Odyssey a read. Hey, at least it's way more complicated than Avatar, which used Papyrus for everything.
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