Orbitron - Geometric Sans-Serif Uppercase Display Face

mattmc's picture

I just posted a new typeface I've designing online. I started with the idea of creating the ideal typeface for use on spaceship exteriors in sci-fi movies (kind of a joke idea but I ended up really making it). You can download 3 weights for uppercase, numbers, and some alternate characters.

I've created a minisite for the font and posted the three weights for download. I thought I'd post the font files so I could get some feedback.

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And here are all the characters I've designed so far

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riccard0's picture

Really impressive. You managed to create something at the same time classic (in a sense) and very usable (for the right kind of work).
Now, for those diacritics and cyrillic... ;-)

anhng's picture

mattmc, are you happy with the typeface?

I can see this typeface in the next X-men movie. :D

Another thing that I always wonder, why any typeface that has square-ish, bevel corners letter would be considered as sci-fi, futuristic typeface?

riccard0's picture

why any typeface that has square-ish, bevel corners letter would be considered as sci-fi, futuristic typeface?

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I'm happy with it. I started out with the intention to create a very specific kind of typeface and I think I've succeeded in doing so. I'm really interested now in working out the kinks like keeping characteristics of the face from the medium to black weight and getting the font metrics right.

As for why square-ish bevel typefaces are considered futuristic, I think it has a lot to do with modern architects' use of similar geometry. When Mies and Corbusier started introducing entirely new 'futuristic' structures like glass and steel boxes and skyscrapers, I think it introduced the visual vocabulary of what the future will look like. Eurostile seems to have taken that idea and run with it, and we're kind of left this this vestigial idea of the future will be that remains in sci-fi movies. Whether the future will be square and beveled or not, who knows...

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anhng's picture

hehehhe NASA, yup ...

Well, we can shape our future, the future can be shape. I think since the invented of technology and pixel, it gotta be something do with that too. To draw the square shape, Computer sciencist can draw it with the pixel easily.

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i've updated this with small caps (instead of a lowercase). how does the x-height look compared to the cap height?

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riccard0's picture

A tad too high, maybe?

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I just wanted to post an update. I've submitted the typeface to The League of Moveable Type

Based on the positive feedback it's received, I've also designed a lowercase for it

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Just wanted to post an update. I've released Orbitron through the League of Moveable Type. I ended up creating 4 weights, upper and lowercase, small caps and a stylistic alternative.

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riccard0's picture

Congrats! :-)

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Thanks! I've my first major font release.

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PCARTER's picture

I really like this. Much more tasteful than the wide world of "Star Trek" fonts out there.

Martin Silvertant's picture

Very impressive!

Jan's picture

Hm.
Doesn’t work properly. In CS apps no other weight than Black is available (Mac).
Anybody else having this problem?

Jan's picture

Problem solved.
I emailed Matt and he sent me a fixed version of the otf fonts.
Thanks Matt.

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