November 19, 2008

The Designers Review of Books

Posted in advice, books, Design, Reading at 9:56 am by India

Designers Review of Books nameplate


(Via Margaret)


  1. polaine said,

    Thanks – Hope you enjoy what is to come. Andy.

  2. John Tranter said,

    A dry martini to the first person who can name, off the top of their head and without looking it up, the font used on the cover for the title of “Data Flow”.

    Clue: I had a chapbook of poems published in Queensland Australia with the title in this font (in red, too!) on the cover, titled “The Blast Area”, in … 1975!!!.

    You are drifting back, back through time….

  3. polaine said,

    John – did you get an answer? Is it the same font modified for the Clockwork Orange titles? (I say that from memory without actually bothering to go and compare the two…)

  4. India said,

    I couldn’t find the answer even with looking it up, though I know I saw that type often when I was a kid. I found a font that’s clearly adapted from the same original, though; does that count?

  5. John Tranter said,

    Maybe I got it a little bit wrong: it seems to me that the font on Data Flow has been adapted (simplified and altered slightly) from a font called “Baby Teeth”. Here’s the chapbook it was used on in 1975:

    I’ll be in New York next year some time, and I guess I owe you a martini. Stirred, not shaken: what sort of animal would shake a martini?

  6. India said,

    Interesting. What I found was Wagner Silhouette NF

    This roly-poly, rollicking display font is based on a design from the 1946 book Blue print text book of sign and show card lettering by Charles Louis Henry Wagner, who seems to have had an aversion to combination words (like blueprint, textbook and showcard).

    It’s not the same as what’s on either book, but it’s probably related.

  7. John Tranter said,

    Thanks, India. You’re right. And Baby Teeth is an obvious (improved) descendant. It’s by Milton Glaser, 1968. Here are two sites that mention it:


  8. polaine said,

    Just bothered to actually have a look at the Clockwork Orange poster and it’s obviously not that.

    I think it is probably Wagner Silhouette judging by the F. I can’t find an example of the F in any of the others and it’s quite distinctive. I’ve asked Thibaud Tissot, the book’s designer to confirm.

  9. polaine said,

    It’s custom designed for the cover apparently.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: