Fonts in 2001: A Space Odyssey (article)

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James Michaels's picture
Joined: 6 Mar 2010 - 12:54am
Fonts in 2001: A Space Odyssey (article)

An article discussion fonts used in the movie, not only in titles but also on computer screens, control buttons, etc.

Alejandro's picture
Joined: 28 Feb 2013 - 12:31pm

Great article. Thanks for sharing :D

Scott-Martin Kosofsky's picture
Joined: 22 Nov 2008 - 3:46pm

This is a repost of a comment I added to the thread mentioned above:

Those of you interested in space and type will be glad to know about a book I packaged and produced for The MIT Press, to be released in a couple of weeks. It’s called:

Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program
by David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek
with a foreword by Captain Eugene A. Cernan--the last man to walk on the Moon

It contains some three hundred period images, including all kinds of advertising and PR material, as well as some key documents that have never been seen before. One item of direct relevance to this thread is a handwritten note showing the relationship of Kubrick and Clarke and Julian Scheer, the head of the NASA Public Affairs Office at the time 2001 was in the works, as well as the relationship of some others involved with both NASA operations and the film.

For those of you who are interested in period typographic analysis, it’s a gold mine of graphics related to the space program, all very well reproduced (if I say so, myself). I consciously avoided using space-program era types in the design of the book, which I thought would be gilding the lily, considering the illustrations.

You won’t be disappointed!