I'm producing a film that's centered around mid-century modernism, design, and architecture. The subjects of the film are American designers and architects, and the time period is chiefly between the very early 1950s and the mid 1960s. I'd love your opinions and your help in researching period- and genre-appropriate directions to take my onscreen titles. More info inside.
I'm far from an expert on typography. I currently have the titles, credits, and cgs set in Helvetica... which I realize is the safe but uninspired (and perhaps not period-correct, in terms of American design) route. I'm looking for avenues to branch out into, and your forum has the reputation of being the best and most knowledgeable type group on the internet. I seek your wisdom. I am a beginner, but I am not wary of reading wordy or difficult primers to type of this period--so by all means, suggest them if you have any great ones.
For inspiration, I've been perusing the Movie Title Screenshot Database (which is a wonderful resource), and I've found a few that looked fairly representative of directions I could see us going in. Please feel free, if you have the time and the inclination, to critique these or to suggest other avenues to follow.
Here were some standouts, to my layman's eye:
Again, it's a film on mid-century, trending towards high-modernist, design and architecture. I'm looking for something that plays well with that. I feel only barely adequate to cover these topics... and entirely inadequate with the typographic treatment. Whatever directions you could suggest will be thoroughly considered, and very appreciated. -John