Posts tagged with 1960s

ZX Eurostile

This 2020 BASIN production started as a discussion with Oli Wilkinson. He’s working on a Red Dwarf game for the Spectrum. Anyone into fonts who watches Red Dwarf (probably all 4 of us) know, Eurostile is heavily-featured throughout the show, from signage to branded Jupiter Mining Corporation goods (in ALL CAPS).

So, of course, I had to try Eurostile in 8x8 pixels. Some of the details are lost, and it becomes quite generic, like all 8x8 sans, but here it is.

It’s a very readable font suitable for all sorts of scenarios, including text adventures and long winding prose.

Joshua

This is a 2020 port of my previously proportional FontStruct font WarGames-OpenCredits which is based on the opening credits of the 1983 hacker movie WarGames.

Despite using small-caps for the lower-case it is quite readable and can work well in the right prose-light setting.

Golden Air

Air America was an airline from 1950 through the 1970s that looked to all appearances to be a regular airline. In reality, it was covertly-owned by the US Government for CIA operations to access places the US Military could not. Employee William G. Sherman took courses in typography drafting and created an entire typeface based on their logo. Much later, his son reached out to the Internet in turning that typeface into a digital version, and Aaron Bell of Saja Typeworks took up the task.

As well as adding a somewhat complimentary lower-case I created a semi-bold, bold and “Rangers” variant that adds serifs for a more military look. They all work well for most types of usage, with the upper-case standing out the most.

ZX OCR-B

Adrian Frutiger designed OCR-B for Monotype in 1968 as a more human-friendly alternative to OCR-A now that machines were getting better at optical character recognition. It can still be found today on the bottom of bar codes and the machine-readable part of passports.

I created this liberal adaptation on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3 using the Artist II in the late 1980s. Given the lack of strong visual cues, it could be easily mistaken for a sans-serif, although the numeric glyphs still shine through.

It is suitable for any scenario where a clean machine-influenced look is desirable.