Typography In Film

Typecasting: The Use (and Misuse) of Period Typography in MoviesMy ultimate career goal is to be a period consultant for films. For years I’ve sat in the audience noticing period errors in films from incorrect phones to wrong wheels on cars. But one thing I never thought of before was typography. But font designer Mark Simonson has been noticing typography errors for sometime, and on his site, he composes a fantastic list of praise and inaccuracies in typography in films, entitled “Typecasting: The Use (and Misuse) of Period Typography in Movies”. Using a five star scale, Simonson rates each of the films on how accurate they are in using period correct typography. Many of my favorite films are on his list, including L.A. Confidential, which, sadly, receives two out of five stars, but That Thing You Do! (my number one favorite film) was given five out of five. Simonson has continued to point out these errors in his blog. Being the girlfriend of a graphic designer and typophile, I am usually annoyed by pointing out of fonts, but Simonson has a talent that all art directors in film need to consult with. So check it out!

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