Sunday, February 28, 2010

groovy graphic geekiness: typfaces of the 70s revealed!

I can't decide what I enjoy more: two totally unrelated typefaces for the roman and Devanagari writing (as in Trishul and Dharam Veer) (though for the latter, just think how fun would it be to see Devanagari with the faux medieval European serifs!) or a style carried across both scripts (e.g. Kaala Patthar and Chor Sipahee).*






















My very favorite over all is Satyam Shivam Sundaram because everything about it to me screams 70s - leave it to Raj Kapoor to rake in style points. It's a very Brady type in my eyes - rainbow colors, curls, a heavy droopiness that evokes lazy goodness, and SPARKLES - and I am quite certain Farah Khan thinks so too.



Here are a few more I love, starting with Bombay Talkie, which, while a pretty sucky film, probably has the most intricate and appropriate titles I've ever seen.








Look for another typeface-related post soon from V Love Movies, who was beset with technical difficulties today.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in 70s week! I have over 80 blog posts cataloged on the del.icio.us site, and if you do not see all of yours there, please let me know and I'll add them right away. I'm spending the first part of next week catching up on all the great reading and clip-watching! My netflix queue is already sagging under the weight of all the new goodies to watch, and I think Masala Pradesh is about to get a flood of immigrants.

For those who want more blog-a-thon collaborative goodness, Shashi Week 2010 starts March 15 (his birthday is March 18, and leading the way will be a post on him being given this year's Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award), and Khanna-o-Rama (Vinod, Akshaye, and Rahul, that is; nothing against Rajesh, but I haven't seen any of his films yet except Disco Dancer, and a whole week of Disco Dancer would be...a lot) starts May 3. But of course I am not the only person who can organize blog parties, so if you've got an idea, I highly encourage running with it. As I have said many time and will doubtless say may more, the jolly community-mindedness of filmi fans is one of my favorite things about Hindi cinema, and I couldn't be more delighted that so many people have come together for fun and interesting conversations!

* I'm sorry I had to leave out the Urdu! I can't read that.

groovy graphic geekiness: typefaces of the 70s

70s week rolls to a close with some opening credits. Today I'm posting tiny snips of some of my favorite lettering from film titles - can you guess which films they come from? Answers (full images of the titles in both roman letters and Devanagari) tomorrow!