(x) Very condensed motion picture soundtrack credits - (similar to) Helvetica Ultra Compressed {Florian}

scarletguard's picture

It's a square sans font that looks very familiar but I can't seem to place the name. Identifont has proven useless with my query.

Any assistance in identifying this one would be appreciated.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Hi Mike,

could be Helvetica Ultra Compressed, though I must admit this looks slightly lighter.
F

scarletguard's picture

I think the "C" is off for Helvetica Ultra Compressed.

Celeste's picture

Univers 49 (Light ExtraCondensed) ?

Bald Condensed's picture

Yup, classic movie credits face.

scarletguard's picture

Thanks all for your help!

Stephen Lording's picture

Maybe it's the fuzziness of the sample, but the S doesn't seem exactly right for Univers. The ends (correct type term?) don't seem to reach high/low enough? Same with the C.

Bald Condensed's picture

You are correct, but frankly I wouldn't know what else it could be. Different version/digitisation?

Stephen Lording's picture

No, me either. It's not Linotype's or Adobe's. And it's not Bitstream's Zurich. Hmm.

Florian Hardwig's picture

I beg to differ. Apart from the S spine, the top of the A seems to be broader. Also, the R appears to be higher-waisted and to have a tailed leg.
Here’s a comparison of Univers Light Ultra Condensed and Helvetica Ultra Compressed. Note the terminals of J and S.

Bald Condensed's picture

Darnit, you could be right. If we assume the type was eroded by the poor image quality Helvetica Ultra Compressed could be it.

I have also just noticed that starting from the medium weight the tail on the R in Akzidenz Grotesk Condensed takes on a Helvetica-like appearance (but the middle arm on the E is also too low).

Florian Hardwig's picture

Hooray! ;·D
Well, as I wrote before, the weight is still off.

AG is full of surprises, isn’t it? One inconsistent beast of a type family.

Stephen Lording's picture

I love this site. Nice one, Florian.

Syndicate content Syndicate content