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Type Style Finder by Timothy Samara

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Each phase of the counterculture is marked by its own styles of type, but
all the faces that evoke the counterculture genre have one thing in common:
they’re anything but plain. For the most part, counterculture type styles
tend to be distressed, a reflection of social unrest that drives antiestablish-
ment style. Mod typefaces of the 1960s show quirky, unbalanced distor-
tions of more common faces, often extended sans serifs. The influence of
science fiction shows itself in geometric faces with graphic linear detailing,
hybrid upper- and lowercase character sets, futuristic, glyphic inclusions,
and so on. The mod street style is exuberant and sometimes comical,
reflected in typefaces in which the letters are canted at various angles
along the baseline or change in overall height or width from character to
character. Late 1960s and 1970s psychedelia introduces organic, rounded,
amorphous shapes in typefaces that carry Art Nouveau fluidity to an extreme
and often test the limits of legibility. 1970s and 1980s punk and new wave
are represented by jagged, dirty distortions from poor photocopying, cutting,
and pasting, usually performed on a sans-serif base, as well as highly
stylized fonts that sometimes refer back to the 1920s and 1930s—often
very condensed or very extended, with decorative geometric details or
inclusions. Rave culture of the 1990s finds expression in typefaces with
futuristic, experimental, almost techno digital structures and shifting,
rhythmic proportional changes among the characters.
From the mods of the 1960s and the flower children of the 1970s to
the punks and ravers of the 1980s and 1990s, the counterculture has
had a profound impact on the visual language of recent times. Subversive,
outrageous, young, and energetic—antiestablishment design for the
street drives popular design in type and color.
Event Poster top, and detail
Kenzo Izutani Office Corp.
Tokyo Japan
Counterculture
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F2F Poison Flowers
TM
Graphic Sans Serif | Bold
Weight | Erratic Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Blanco Neg
Graphic | Medium Weight |
All Caps with Alternates |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Lazybones
TM
Graphic Serif | Bold Weight |
Reduced Contrast |
Swash Detail | Italic Posture |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Data Seventy
TM
Graphic | Medium Weight |
Squared Bowls and Shoulders
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
F2F MadZine
TM
Dirt
Graphic Serif | Medium Weight |
Textural Inclusions | Erratic
Posture | Slight Distortion
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Pop Art Comic
Stylized Sans Serif | Lighter
Medium Weight | Moderate
Italic Posture |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
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Context Counterculture
Bollocks
Stylized Sans Serif | Bold Weight |
Pronounced Contrast |
Pronounced Lower Emphasis |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Novak Spring
Graphic | Black Weight |
Swash and Illustrative Details |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Reasonist Medium
Stylized Sans Serif |
Bold Weight | Pronounced
Upper Emphasis |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Cabourg Regular
Sans Serif | Medium Weight |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
P22 Gothic Gothic
Stylized Sans Serif |
Uniform Medium Weight |
Gothic Fraktur Detail |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Jacks BV
Stylized Sans Serif | Mixed Case|
Bolder Medium Weight |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
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ITC Black Tulip
TM
Sans Serif | Black Weight |
Compressed Counters |
Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Bottleneck
TM
Graphic Slab Serif | Black
Weight | Pronounced Lower
Horizontal Emphasis |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Dalcora
TM
Sans Serif | Bold Weight |
Erratic Contrast | Italic Posture
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Dauphine
Stylized Sans Serif |
Uniform Light Weight |
Caps and Small Caps |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Zipper
TM
Sans Serif | Bold Weight |
Condensed |
Reversed Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Linotype Down Town
TM
Graphic | Erratic Weight and
Contrast | Erratic Baseline |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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P22 Pop Art Stencil
Serif | All Caps | Bold Weight |
Broken Joints |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Linotype Fehrle Display
TM
Sans Serif | Black Weight |
Compressed counters |
Uniform Strokes | Extended |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Stanyan Eros
Stylized Serif | All Caps
with Illustrative Alternates |
Pronounced Contrast |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Reporter
TM
#2
Graphic | Bold Weight |
Brush Detail |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Woodstock
TM
Slab Serif | Bold Weight |
Rounded Terminals |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Perla
Stylized Serif | Pronounced
Contrast | Uniform Cap and
Lowercase Height |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
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