The seventh of April, 2011: somewhat egg-like

This is the best blog post I’ve read in a long time, as long as I’m allowed (and I think I am) to use ‘best’ to mean ‘most endearingly devoted to trivial aesthetic detail’: a painstaking breakdown of the typefaces used in Woody Allen’s film titles.

If you’d like a postgraduate lesson in pedantry (in a good way), read the user comments.

I like this story:

Last night [Ed Benguiat] described a time when he would have breakfast at the same New Jersey diner every morning. Among the other that would dine there was Woody Allen. On one occasion, referring to Benguiat as a ‘printer’, Allen asked him what a good typeface was. Benguiat had an affinity for ‘Windsor’ and suggested it to him that morning. He’s used it in every film since.

Here’s what has to tell us about Woody’s typeface:

Typefaces like Windsor were used extensively at the turn of the century in advertising on both sides of the Atlantic. The letterforms have an antiquated feel to them; their proportions seem slightly inspired by the art nouveau movements that were abounding during the time of their conception.

Windsor Extra Bold Condensed and Windsor Elongated are both superb examples of condensed serif display faces. Their ovular forms both appear somewhat egg like.

It’s been a good month for type geeks, starting with Google’s adorably nerdy April Fool’s Day ‘helvetica’ gag. Find that amusing? You’ll probably find this amusing too.


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