ZX Benguiat

Stranger Pixels throwback to the 80s

I created this font in 2019 in BASIN as an adaptation of the ITC Benguiat typeface.

Benguiat was heavily used in the 80s on Stephen King novels, Choose Your Own Adventure books, and Star Trek shows and most recently made a headline appearance as the red neon logo in Netflix’s love letter to the 80s - Stranger Things.

Adapting this particular typeface into 8x8 was quite the challenge and it went through many many iterations at one point I almost caved and considered dropping lower-case but I’ve always felt that’s a total cheat. Thankfully it got to the point I felt more confident and showed a screenshot to professional font designer David Jonathan Ross of Input, Fit and Font of the Month fame he guessed it was Benguiat first time.

Mission accomplished.

This font works great for titles, text and prose and also still looks great with a regular monospace renderer.

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