Hi there. I'm Hua, a designer and bootstrapping founder building Typogram, a brand design tool. As part of running Typogram, I create this digestible weekly guide with fonts, colors, and design ideas to help founders, creators, and makers step up their game in marketing and get creative!
How are you? This weekend I caught up on a much-needed break. I didn’t work at all, and I just focused on relaxing. I hope you did the same. Reply, and I would love to hear what you did~🌻
The recent news with space-traveling inspired me to do this issue. I hope you enjoy it.
Let’s dig in!
In this issue
img: sample of Orbitron
In the 1960s, fonts with square shapes, like Eurostile (below), dominated covers of science fictions. Fonts like these blew up. Its square shape reminded the audience of television screens. It was perfect for illustrating content about technology.
Since then, these square-shaped geometric sans serifs have been associated with technology and strength. Modern technology companies use these square fonts, like NASA, Tesla, Space X, and Subaru.
img: Eurostile dominated covers of science fictions. source: amazon
img: NASA logo; source: NASA
Orbitron is a geometric sans serif modeled after these moments. It has post-apocalyptic inspirations with potential usage like spaceship exteriors, space station signages if humans were ever to escape Earth. Comparing to Millimetre, which we covered previously, the square characteristic of Orbitron is more prominent. It evokes a sense of strength and power. Orbitron is perfect for branding for tech companies.
img: compare Orbitron vs Millimetre
Minimum stroke contrast, along with the square shapes help Orbitron communicate strength and power. It has four weights and no italic styles.
Counters are the negative space in a letter. It comes in two ways: closed or open. Closed counters are completely closed negative spaces (like inside O), whereas open counters are open negative spaces (like C). Orbitron has rectangular closed counters. and large open counters.
img: Orbitron has rectangular closed counters, shown in gray.
img: large, open counter (illustrated by the orange areas) signaling openness and strength
img: you can change the look of Orbitron. It has style alternates like “x” and “k”
img: Orbitron being used as a Pebble smartwatch interface. Source: github
Digital marketing materials come in different sizes. Wrong size graphics get less engagement because people cannot access the information properly. This also goes for videos. Content that fills up the entire available space is better optimized for engagement. For example, some platforms (like Tiktok) are better suited for vertical videos.
Once you have figured the size, you should put the important information in the center or a highly visible area so that your audience can easily digest it.
img: content that fills up the available space will get better engagement
Futurism is an art movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th Century. It emphasized speed, technology, and objects that symbolized these ideals, such as cars, airplanes, and industrial cities. When the World Trade Fair happened in Osaka, Japan in 1970 with the theme “Progress and Harmony for Mankind,” it went crazy with this futurism aesthetics and sci-fi inspirations.
img: Osaka World Trade Fair in 1970; source: messynessychic
late 15th century, ~1465
Old Style is the earliest serif style. Old Style serifs usually have a left-leaning curve axis with very little contrast between the thick and thin strokes.
img: EB Garamond is an example of Old Style Serif.
What’s your crazy tech invention? Create a simple diagram explaining how it works.
Thanks for being here for another week. Orbitron is available here.
img: Orbitron infographic
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