(x) "I SPY" book cover title - Zero (Solotype) {David H}

turtle's picture

Hi..I'm working on a project where I am imitating the theme of the kids books "I Spy."

Could someone help me identify the fonts used on the cover, and perhaps recommend something similar (doesn't need to be exact, the words wont be 'I Spy').

Here's an image of said cover
http://buy.overstock.com/images/products/bnt/FC0590462954.JPG

Any help is appreciated, thank you

bowfinpw's picture

Since you did day similar would be OK, and since I can't offhand name what they used, I'd suggest Bellini Bold Condensed for the I SPY part. Maybe some 'squooshing' would be in order for fitting, the way the book title was done. All the black lettering below that looks like good old Bembo. The orange type might be Bembo Bold, but it's hard to see details well in the sample.

Another I SPY replacement might be LaBamba, which is a bit more 'fun' looking. "Spumoni" or "Elroy", would also be 'fun' fonts for the main title.

- Mike Yanega

Dav's picture

It either IS a ( free ) font named 'BudNull', by John D Banks, or 'BudNull' is based on the same source.. :)

Dav, formlos

Mark Simonson's picture

BudNull looks like a bad autotrace. I'd guess there is some other source, probably pre-digital.

pattyfab's picture

I think this font is indeed in the pre-digital dustbin. I remember it from a 1986 book I worked on called "Dining in France" that I threw away last week. That book probably had a colophon identifying the font but alas it too is in the dustbin.

Norbert Florendo's picture

The face intrigues me because there are so few variants of bowed stems on condensed serif designs that I could find.

I tried 1985 Solotype catalog, the 1972 VGC catalog, and a few PLINC brochures and found nutin' -- still, it doesn't seem so completely unique that at least some source could be found. Hmmm... back to the Bat Cave.

Bald Condensed's picture

> Hmmm… back to the Bat Cave.

So that's why you made your photo unrecognisable by scribbling glasses, a moustache and a beard on it! You are ... gasp! ... it can't be! =-O

david h's picture

The font is Zero (solotype)

Dan Weaver's picture

dun dun dun dun dun Batman!

Norbert Florendo's picture

Gee... I always thought I looked more like Alfred the butler, and not the Dark Knight himself!

Mark Simonson's picture

And, of course, Alfred has to go to the Bat Cave himself once in a while.

bowfinpw's picture

I recently noticed a font with a similar bulginess, even though it is not Zero, by any means. It might be a possible substitute. The font is Jim Parkinson's Jimbo.

- Mike Yanega

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