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Type Style Finder by Timothy Samara

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(Provision) Type Style Finder
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Quick associations with horror or danger come in typefaces that refer
to periods of social upheaval; blackletter gothic typefaces, textura, and
other medieval typefaces call to mind the dark, superstitious ancestry
of old-world Europe. Even archaic Roman capitals carry a sense of potential
terror. Classical serif faces with distorted details or textural degradation
are similarly scary. In a more contemporary context, typefaces whose
forms have been distorted or whose strokes have details that seem partially
destroyed, dirty, slimy, or fractured convey sinister ideas about the under-
world. Textural alteration, such as that produced through excessive
photocopying or slicing apart, may evoke criminal activity—the notorious
ransom note or the obsessive mutilations of a serial killer. Bold sans
serifs, for example—usually perceived as strong, objective, and neutral—
take on a sinister quality when their contours are ripped or mottled.
Film Title selected still, top,
and detail, bottom
Crush
Chris Pelling and Carl Rush,
design and art direction
Chris Pelling, programming
Brighton United Kingdom
Sinister
Communicating a sinister message means evoking associations of
horror, black magic, secrecy, or violence. Drawing on historically
dangerous time periods or the fantasies of Hollywood as inspiration,
sinister messages in type and color create anxiety and induce a
quiet terror by playing on our fears and memories of monsters,
boogeymen, and dangerous spirits.
Moods
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(Provision) Type Style Finder
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F2F Entebbe
TM
Graphic | Erratic Posture and
Baseline | Mixed Case, Weight |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Griffin Black
Stylized Sans Serif |
Black Weight |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Jawbreaker
Stylized Sans Serif |
Pronounced Modulation |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
Mystique Blacque
Graphic | Caps Only |
Bold Weight |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Linotype Cerny
TM
Graphic Sans Serif |
Black Weight | Texture Details |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Badoni
Graphic-Serif Hybrid | Erratic
Baseline | Medium Weight |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
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(Provision) Type Style Finder
CL905.042 / 4108
P22 Fontasaurus Text
Graphic | Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Murkshine
Stylized Serif | Pronounced
Contrast | Bold Weight |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
La Danse
Script | Swash Caps |
Moderate Posture |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
LTC Pabst Oldstyle
Serif | Bolder Medium
Weight | Small x-Height |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Moonshine
Stylized Serif | Pronounced
Contrast | Medium Weight |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
Superfurniture Studded
Graphic | Condensed |
Bold Weight |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
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Type Style Finder
Crustier
Stylized Serif | Pronounced
Contrast | Erratic Baseline |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
Pitshanger Initial
Stylized Wedge Serif | Erratic
Baseline | Medium Weight |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Caslon Antique
Serif | Medium Weight |
Graphic Texture | Condensed
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Linotype Fluxus
TM
Graphic-Sans Serif Hybrid |
Medium Weight | Erratic
Contrast | Stroke Distortion |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Cutamond
TM
Basis
Graphic | Erratic Bold Weight |
Pronounced Contrast |
Structural Distortion |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Ammonia
Graphic | Erratic Baseline |
Bold Weight |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
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Cowhied Regular
Graphic Sans Serif | Caps and
Alternates | Bold Weight |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Prophecy Regular
Archaic–Sans Serif Hybrid |
Pronounced Contrast |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
Linotype Laika
TM
Graphic | Bold Weight |
Erratic Contrast | Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Linotype Mineru
TM
Regular
Graphic | Medium Weight |
Erratic Contrast | Stroke Distortion
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Persona
TM
Graphic Sans Serif | Bold
Weight | Erratic Contrast and
Posture | Stroke Distortion |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Spooky
TM
Graphic Sans Serif | Erratic
Weight and Contrast |
Stroke Distortion |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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