February 07, 2011

In Which I Rely On Other People to Keep Me Trendy, Part MCXXVIII

One of the truisms I've decided applies to my life is this: by the time I find out about something, it's usually over. That doesn't necessarily completely apply to the stuff posted below, but once again I have nothing important to say and am therefore hiding behind some videos. In this case, they're tangentially related to what I actually do—because there's plenty of fun typography in these things (AfterEffects, I assume). The first two arrive courtesy of my colleague Ms. Claire Krohmer:

Who's on First by Abbot & Costello:

And then there's this one, by Uruguayan band Cuarteto de Nos:

Next, via MeltingDolls, we have the Grammy-nominated profane glory that is Cee-Lo Green (WITH OMG BAD WORDS):

Not as slam-bang-wow as the Uruguayan guys, but still. Anyway, next thing I knew I'd disappeared down a YouTube hole for dude-movies (& MORE BAD WORDS!!!):

Fight Club:

Pulp Fiction:

Big Lebowski:

…and not one, but two from the Vegas book:

Anyway…typography! Can we guess all the fonts? Hmmmmmmm? I'm too lazy to look 'em up right now.


  1. One of the truisms I've decided applies to my life is this: by the time I find out about something, it's usually over.

    Story of my life, my friend.

    Fortunately, Elvis Costello seemed to be immune to the career-destroying effects of my fandom.

  2. He's immune to that from me as well! Truly, a superhuman feat.

  3. Very cool, Keir. I'm especially impressed when they alter the spelling or give it an action appropriate for what it's describing.

  4. I can't tell a lot of these fonts apart from the other but I do see no Comic Sans. whew!

  5. I think at some point Comic Sans will become the "cool kitschy font" to use when people are trying to be all hip and ironic. The ones I hate almost as much are Papyrus and Mistral. Mistral just looks unbelievably dated, and Papyrus is way way overused.

    My boss told me once that the reason we think certain things are "dated" (and here she's referring to fonts, but it could apply to fashions, music etc.) is that a particular font was popular when our creative brains first turned on, or when we first noticed style and art and made distinctions between "good" and "bad" or "like" and "hate."

    That makes sense for me—I saw Mistral everywhere in the early '90s: signs, menus, everywhere. I also have a creative bias against Southwest-chic—mostly because I was 12 and judgmental in 1989 when it was popular—which lingers on in my bias against what I perceive to be superficially hippy-dippy lazy creativity. But then again that could just be the suburban yuppie in me.

    Anyway, it's good theory, but my wife the teacher tells me that she uses Comic Sans "because my students can read it without whining." Practicality trumps art yet again.

  6. Anonymous4:13 PM

    FYI - Southwest-chic was in revival mode in 1989. I know this because I grew up with it in the 50's and 60's influenced by people who'd fallen for it in the '30s. What ya gonna do but watch "what's in" go out and come round again?


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