1980s fonts

ahleman's picture

Greetings all. A friend of mine is working on a design project meant to bring to mind the 1980s, and has asked me for some font recommendations. He recognizes an '80s font when he sees one, but he can't remember font names to save his life. When I think of '80s typography, the first thing that comes to mind is Remedy. Arquitectura and Lithos, though technically '90s fonts, also make me think of the Reagan administration. Does anyone have any recommendations I can pass on? He'd really appreciate it.

AHL

cesarkohl's picture

Take a look here!

http://www.typophile.com/node/10318

Hope it helps!

cesarkohl's picture

and.. here!

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/08/80-beautiful-fonts-typefaces-...

sorry the 80 joke lol.. but maybe some of them is an 'eighty'!

=D

cesarkohl's picture

and.. here!

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/08/80-beautiful-fonts-typefaces-...

sorry the 80 joke lol.. but maybe some of them is an 'eighty'!

=D

Mark Simonson's picture

Kind of depends on the context, but here are some I recall being popular (some more unique to the Eighties than others):

Van Dijk
ITC Garamond
Univers Condensed
Onyx
The LaserWriter 35
Century Old Style
ITC Franklin
Crillee
Bernhard Modern
Benguiat
Enviro
Transmission
Scanner
Frankfurter
Freestyle Script
Radiant
Corvinus Skyline
Neville Brody's Adobe fonts
Early Emigre fonts
Bodoni
Early Adobe release (ITC Baskerville, Futura, Trump Medaeval, etc.)
ITC Fenice
Palatino
Goudy Old Style

Miss Tiffany's picture

Futura Extra Bold Condensed, tightly spaced.

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Sinaloa & Stop

Mark Simonson's picture

@SuperUltraFabulous: Sinaloa & Stop

Hmm. Those seem more Seventies to me.

Jan's picture

Neville Brody’s typefaces.

bowfinpw's picture

You can also use '1980s' in the search window at sites like MyFonts and FontShop. Some results seem questionable (at first glance), but many are correct, even if some typefaces were renamed to avoid revival copyright issues.

Another place to look would be the ever-popular Phil's Photo book "Homage to the Alphabet" from 1985. Those are film types, but many have been digitized.

- Mike Yanega

Darren Scott's picture

Baby teeth
Glaser Stencil
Pump

Darren Scott
Creative Director
Darren Scott Typographics / Truth Design

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