If you’re a fan of ‘90s TV shows and also happen to love fonts, then do we ever have a treat for you!
“The Famous Fonts of Your Favorite 90s TV Shows” is a website that offers typography expert Alexander Tochilovsky’s take on each highly-recognizable style as well as links to free downloads for fonts from shows like Seinfeld, Friends, Fraiser, Law & Order, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Simpsons, The X-Files, and more.
With the rise of digital design tools in the late 1980s and early 1990s, ‘old guard’ design rules were torn down and gave way to new ways of thinking about graphic design. As a result, many new graphic styles were created and came to define an era rooted in remixing and experimentation. One of the best examples of this is in the form of logos for 90s-era TV shows.
Typography expert Alexander Tochilovsky, Design Curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography in New York City, understands the logic behind these logo designs more than most. Here, he breaks down what he thinks of some of the most iconic TV show logos from this era.
For instance, when it comes to the Seinfeld font, Tochilovsky says, “The Seinfeld logo is now unmistakable and suits the show perfectly. It’s a really classy typeface but they made it italic to make it more playful. Creating it in red with the yellow oval—not to mention the triangle for dotting the ‘i’—perfectly balances the classiness and humor of the show’s plot.”
And when it comes to The X-Files, the font experts reveals, “The X-Files is perhaps one of the more seriously-designed logos of the 1990s. It just connects so well with what you imagine to be sci-fi; it has this Twin Peaks-like understated mystique to it. It’s got a high-tech sexy feel to it but also very much official. It perfectly embodies the idea behind the show.”
You can check out each font and a few of Tochilovsky’s thoughts on them at “The Famous Fonts of Your Favorite 90s TV Shows.”
(h/t Huffington Post; photo via screenshot)