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Fool
09-21-2017, 04:53 AM
I've been searching the internet trying to find good media about fonts and the art of typography. Anyone has a recommendation on good articles/documentaries/films or anything of the sort about type? I'd appreciate any recommendations!

WordMan
09-21-2017, 05:29 AM
I enjoyed the documentary Helvetica - only one I recall off the top of my head.

cmyk
09-21-2017, 06:08 AM
Netflix has a documentary series called Abstract: The Art of Design. One of the episodes was on graphic design, which touched a bit on fonts/typography (ep 6). But I highly recommend all eight episodes, if you loved films like Helvetica.

JacobSwan
09-21-2017, 06:08 AM
This has just dropped off iplayer but may be available via other means.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0903ppd
It talks about Johnston and Gill Sans and the people who created them. I watched it a few weeks ago and it was very good. It only mentioned the bestiality and incest in small doses though!

Exapno Mapcase
09-21-2017, 10:46 AM
Helvetica is surprisingly good. So is Just My Type: A Book About Fonts (https://www.amazon.com/Just-My-Type-About-Fonts/dp/1592407463) by Simon Garfield.

Snowboarder Bo
09-21-2017, 10:55 AM
You might enjoy https://typesetinthefuture.com

It's focus is on the use of fonts in science fiction, but it's still interesting reading. Someone here on the Dope got me hooked years ago by linking the Blade Runner (https://typesetinthefuture.com/2016/06/19/bladerunner/) article.

Full disclosure: I think type fonts are cool and I think about them more than the average person.

Robot Arm
09-21-2017, 11:03 AM
There's a podcast called Futility Closet that's about odd and forgotten historical events. Just a couple weeks ago they did an episode about Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, a very dedicated London printer who commissioned a typeface for his printing company, and, rather than see it go to his business partner after his retirement, threw it in the Thames; and the man who set out to recreate it, including hiring divers to look for pieces of the original.

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2017/09/04/podcast-episode-168-destruction-doves-type/

Just Asking Questions
09-21-2017, 11:21 AM
There's more than one??

Helvetica was very good. I didn't know the world was ready for another font film. :)

G0sp3l
09-21-2017, 01:53 PM
There's more than one??

Helvetica was very good. I didn't know the world was ready for another font film. :)


My thoughts exactly!!! :D

Not saying I wouldn't watch, mind you, still. :smack:

gaffa
09-21-2017, 02:19 PM
My evil side wants to make a film about kerning, just to ruin people's lives forever.

TriPolar
09-21-2017, 03:19 PM
My thoughts exactly!!! :D

Not saying I wouldn't watch, mind you, still. :smack:

Ditto. Helvetica came to mind immediately, followed by... nothing.

gaffa
09-21-2017, 04:21 PM
Ditto. Helvetica came to mind immediately, followed by... nothing.
How about a heartwarming family friendly comedy about Comic Sans?

Fool
09-21-2017, 04:28 PM
I appreciate everyone's posts and recommendations -- this is actually incredibly helpful. Thanks guys :)

janeslogin
09-21-2017, 04:50 PM
Dozens, perhaps scores, of articles, links etc. at: I Love Typography (http://ilovetypography.com/)

Evan Drake
09-21-2017, 05:37 PM
There's a podcast called Futility Closet that's about odd and forgotten historical events. Just a couple weeks ago they did an episode about Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, a very dedicated London printer who commissioned a typeface for his printing company, and, rather than see it go to his business partner after his retirement, threw it in the Thames; and the man who set out to recreate it, including hiring divers to look for pieces of the original.

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2017/09/04/podcast-episode-168-destruction-doves-type/


However, a digital version of the typeface was painstakingly recreated by Robert Green from 2010 to 2013. In 2015, after searching the riverbed of the Thames (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames) near Hammersmith Bridge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammersmith_Bridge) with help from the Port of London Authority (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_London_Authority), Green managed to recover 150 pieces of the original type.

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._J._Cobden-Sanderson)



Golly. I can well understand the 'Samson pulling down the Temple' impulse, but a font doesn't seem important enough to deny to even an enemy. It seems amazing they were still there. Shows you can't really annihilate much in this life.



Says he married Richard Cobden's daughter long after Dicky's death. Cobden was entered as England's entry into the Bore's section of the Olympic Games several years running.

pulykamell
09-21-2017, 05:40 PM
There's always the short mockumentary Behind the Typeface: Cooper Black (https://vimeo.com/31237546). :)

(Actually, I don't know if "mockumentary" is quite the right word, as it does have plenty of factual information within. Maybe "light hearted" documentary?)

Yeah, Helvetica is the only one that comes to mind.

jaycat
09-21-2017, 06:37 PM
My evil side wants to make a film about kerning, just to ruin people's lives forever.

Could somebody please pass an umlaut?

Quartz
09-21-2017, 06:46 PM
The only one I recall was about motorways, not fonts, but included a segment about the font used on motorway signs. I think it was The Secret Life of the Motorway (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007xr62).

Quartz
09-21-2017, 06:50 PM
There was also a segment on Top Gear with James May interviewing Margaret Calvert (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Calvert), the designer of the Transport font (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_(typeface)) and various pictograms.