Exciting news: there’s going to be a Typeset in the Future book! Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies will be published by Abrams Books on October 30 2018. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.
The book contains new and expanded TITF studies for seven all-time classic science fiction movies, in a form that is beautiful enough to adorn even the most discerning of coffee tables. It’s the perfect holiday present for the design / sci-fi geek in your life, even if that geek happens to be yourself.
Will you be covering my favorite sci-fi movie, [MovieName]?
For the book, I’ve hand-picked seven classic sci-fi movies, focusing on those that create a detailed vision of the future through design and typography. (The list is also heavily inspired by requests I’ve received on TITF over the past few years.)
Here’s the line-up:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), adapted from the original article
- Alien (1979), adapted from the original article
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), plus a look at the wider world of Star Trek typography
- Blade Runner (1982), adapted from the original article
- Total Recall (1990)
- WALL·E (2008)
- Moon (2009), adapted from the original article
The book also includes interviews with sci-fi, typography, and design experts, including:
- Paul Verhoeven, director of Total Recall, RoboCop, and Starship Troopers
- Mike Okuda, scenic art supervisor for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise (plus associated spin-off movies)
- Ralph Eggleston and Craig Foster, production designer and graphic designer for Pixar’s WALL·E
- Stephen Coles, founder of Fonts In Use, author of The Anatomy Of Type, and board member at the Letterform Archive
- Antonio Cavedoni, font designer and expert on Eurostile creator Aldo Novarese
And if that’s not enough, there’s also:
- A study of the tricks movies use to make their worlds look realistic without distracting you from the plot
- A detailed guide on how to make your own text look futuristic
- A study of futuristic movie font Eurostile Bold Extended
- A foreword from Matt Zoller Seitz, editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com, and author of New York Times bestsellers The Wes Anderson Collection and The Wes Anderson Collection: Grand Budapest Hotel
How does the book differ from the web site?
Four existing articles from typesetinthefuture.com have been revised and expanded for the book, with even more geeky detail than the originals. (The book’s 2001: A Space Odyssey chapter already contains twice as much goodness as when I first studied the movie in 2014.) Three new studies have been written entirely from scratch, alongside in-depth interviews with the typography and sci-fi experts listed above.
What about typesetinthefuture.com? Will you still be posting New Things here while you’re working on the book?
As you might expect, TITF articles take an absurd amount of time to research and write. As a result, I’ll need to focus all of my researching and witticisms on making the book as awesome as possible. However, I fully intend to share excerpts from the book in the run-up to its publication. So yes, there will be some New Things posted here between now and the book’s release.
This is all terribly exciting! When can I buy a copy?
How can I keep up to date with the project?
You can sign up for the book’s mailing list to receive occasional updates about its design, pre-order date, and release. I’m also posting regular updates on Twitter as @daveaddey, along with random fascinating design observations and ephemera.
Awesome – good luck!
Thank you! I’m very excited. I also need to go and watch some movies.