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greetings earthlings. i'm getting started on a large publicity campaign for a science film about atoms and molecules.

i'm seeking recommendations for fonts, font families, or font designers/vendors with a distinctive science/sci-fi/futuristic feeling.
when i use these keywords in myfonts.com i get surprisingly same-old, blocky, 80's looking examples.

any recommendations ? i'll be choosing a few to experiment with.

fully legit protocols will be followed, including obliging the distributor/client to license their own copies (after design approval) for extended packaging use.

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It's really hard to recommend futuristic fonts, since there have been so many different perceptions of what type will look like in the future, almost all of which, in a different context, look very retro. My favorite version of the future is a movement back towards Art Deco, so something like [[http://www.veer.com/products/typedetail.aspx?image=UMT0000122|Mostra]] or [[http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/itc-anna/|Anna]] could be what you're looking for. Anna is pretty prevalently used in Tomorrowland in the Disney parks.

[[http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/bitstream/bank-gothic/|Bank Gothic]] is pretty popular for conveying a futuristic feeling, but it may be too closely associated with Chipotle and sci-fi movies.

You could go for something like [[http://www.myfonts.com/search?params[boolean]=and&params[searchtype]=fon...|Computer]], which has kind of a 1960s perception of the future.

[[http://www.myfonts.com/search?params[boolean]=and&params[searchtype]=fon...|Handel Gothic]] is what the future looked like in the early 80s.

Or you could do the ironic "World of Tomorrow!" look, which you can achieve with almost anything from [[http://www.fontdiner.com|FontDiner]].

Good luck!

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The unusual angles and quirky details of [[http://www.emigre.com/EF.php?fid=84|Cholla Sans and Cholla Slab]] and [[http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/garagefonts/freight-micro/|Freight Micro]] suggest science and molecules and atoms to me. I'm not sure if they are particularly futuristic.

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Or going the other direction to get contrast, depends on how "futuristic" is the screenplay . Maiola, Tribute, Centaur … even Trajan, haha

PS Yes, Freight Micro could be strong. It all depends on the material, the client's imagination and your imagination.

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[shameless plug]
Perhaps [[http://www.type-invaders.com/feisar|Feisar]] and/or [[http://www.type-invaders.com/feisar-express|Feisar Express]]?

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well, in the stanley kubrick's retro-futuristic way, eurostile and futura.

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If it is for display-things, then I am throwing the House 3009-package into the discussion.

Furthermore Neo Tech and its similar fonts at identifont …

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What about Morgan and its ilk. Or maybe Morris Sans, for a twist on the tried-and-true Bank Gothic.

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thanks everyone for the suggestions ! these chiseled solids are consistent with what i was thinking... that's encouraging. i'll be experimenting with several of these.

paul: feisar is supercool !

one thing that has become a rather daunting issue (switching over to a license thread) is the standard EULA i'm finding regarding film usage. yes, i read them completely. there's rather unclear clauses in the the font bros, house, and font diner EULA's about annual broadcast schedule and mandatory renewal of the license annually... not sure i understand the clause but i have written to the foundries seeking clarification. i love the house 3009 package but the EULA may be prohibitive. this drives me nuts. i don't want to show a design to the client if it comes attached to a maintenance/renewal issue. i'm not sure there's an entity in place to deal with that once the film is distributed. it's a science film, not a hollywood blockbuster.

i'm also going to take a shot at designing my own title - not a font per se, but a custom type treatment.

any further suggestions are welcome!

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Thanks, Chris!

Why don't you drop me a line with an outline of the proposed usage for the font and I can see what I can do.

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Please don't use Bank Gothic... ever.

How's bout something from Emigre, like Tarzana or Modula Rounded?

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Oh, Bank Gothic is wonderful typeface. You just have to use it with a bit of love, and maybe not set it as is, out-of-the-box, so to speak. There are a lot of Bank Gothic alternatives if you still can't get over its boxy-ness or its all-caps-ness.

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re: Bank Gothic:

My post was about half sarcastic (hence the mention of Chipotle and Sci-Fi movies).

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Hmm… to avoid an "already seen" ar an excessively decorative feeling is not easy…

I would suggest Beta Sans or Beta Semi from Joshua Distler's [[http://www.shiftype.com/fonts.php|Shift]] or [[http://www.devicefonts.co.uk/cgi-bin/device2.cgi?action=fonts&section=fa...|Elektron]] by Rian Hughes for titling. Shift's Beta could be used even for short texts.

Dr Nob by Ian Anderson (presented in FUSE 6) could be a tool to construct "molecular" letetrforms or patterns for your designs, although FUSE packages seem to have become difficult to buy. I have found something [[http://www.fontshop.de/sukr.php3?ch=%2Ffontproductdetailc.php3%3Fns%3D1%...|here]].

And Eidetic Modern from Rodrigo Cavazos' Psy-Ops, could be a good idea for text.

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Wow, Alphaville is nice.

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yes, alphaville is really great and thanks for the tip on elektron,
which rocks the freakin' house. great suggestions from all, many thanks.

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Smiling. Electron looks like a tech version of FF Liant to me … somehow. Okay, don't beat me, i mean at very first sight …