Darth Vader

Flant's picture

I was wondering if Darth Vader were to use a font, what would it be? He's definitely got style and good taste so I immediately went for Futura because the beautiful symetrical curves and sharp corners contrast each other perfectly which is almost like a metaphor for the inner struggle of Vader himself. Any thoughts?

hrant's picture

Futura?! Maybe a girl version of Vader.

In so many ways, it's gotta be Fette Fraktur.
BTW, is there a version with proper, non-pansy numerals?

hhp

Flant's picture

I think Vader has way more style than Fette Fraktur but interesting choice!

TurtleType's picture

One thing is for sure, Jar Jar Binks would be in Comic Sans.

hrant's picture

You're right. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch.

hhp

JamesM's picture

> He's definitely got style and good taste

I don't associate those qualities with Darth Vader. Well, maybe you could use style in the sense of being a colorful character, in the way that Wild Bill Hickok or Patton had attention-getting styles. But I don't think of Vader as being concerned with good taste.

I'd use words more like driven and ruthless. And I don't think he'd give a damn about fonts. He'd use whatever military fonts were handy.

However his personal handwriting would be more interesting — forceful, angry yet controlled, dangerous looking.

Si_Daniels's picture

Gotham

agisaak's picture

I'd think that D. Vader would want to choose a font which emphasized his frequently overlooked more endearing qualities. Possibly a custom version of Letraset Freestyle Script with little hearts as tittles.

Alternately, he might embrace his dark side and choose a font which conveyed pure evil. Then he'd go with either comic sans or papyrus.

The final solution would be the total subjugation of all available fonts. ALL OF YOUR FONTS ARE BELONG TO US!

André

riccard0's picture

DIN.
But he use Trajan for official Imperial stationery.

dtw's picture

Yes, DIN. Or Courier: no nonsense, official/mechanical.
Palpatine's choice would arguably be more nuanced.
LOL for Jar Jar in Comic Sans, though.

Si_Daniels's picture

His association with evil and desire to locate droids might lead him to the Google font directory :-) However its lack of heavy fonts will have him looking elsewhere, as we know "Vader, only you would be so bold"

stayfocused's picture

How about Oberon by Iconian Fonts or some kind of PSType

oldnick's picture

As I interpret the mythos, Darth Vader started out at a good guy who subsequently went over to the Dark Side. Consequently, Comic Sans is far more suitable for Vader than for Jar Jar Binks: it's an appealing font, perfectly suitable in proper context, which has been senselessly and tragically abused.

The iconic can be ironic, depending upon in which cheek the tongue rests…

quadibloc's picture

There are some screenshots of Aurek-Besh on the web, which appear to be in Microgramma.

riccard0's picture

Tall, dark and overused: Impact!

TurtleType's picture

Old Nick:
Maybe Comic Sans would be appropriate in the Shakespearean sense, but there is a good vein of tragedy running through Darth Vader's life as well. Maybe someone (with more experience than I could offer) developed a "Tragic Sans" to accompany Comic Sans. That would be quite an interesting project and/or type combination.

hrant's picture

http://themicrofoundry.com/ss_trajic.html
Well, we are talking about a galaxy far, far away!

hhp

oldnick's picture

Jared,

Tragic Sans: absolutely brilliant! The mind reels, awash with the possibilities of Irony in Action!

I shall put this idea—and, perhaps, a bit of something else—in my pipe and smoke it; perhaps, idle fancy will turn into inspiration. Or, maybe I'll just laugh up my sleeve and be done with it: I am a terrible procrastinator. It’s a habit I would gladly give up, if I could ever get around to it.

But I digress. Aces, dude =)

P.S. Not to be confused with Hrant’s Trajic, which is actually quite felicitous…

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

Vendome!

TurtleType's picture

Old Nick,

Thanks, I appreciate the complement. May the farce be with you!

Jared

Flant's picture

"Vader has no style." Are you serious? Look at the immaculate attire and perfectly polished boots and helmet. This guys takes care of himself. Whether he is evil or not, he has style.

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

tragic sans would only make sense if you couldn't understand what Vader was saying.

I think Hrant is actually pertty close with Fraktur.

TurtleType's picture

My vote is for Trajan. What is it with German fonts anyway?

Besides, I can't get over that Fraktur V. It looks like Darth Bader.

JamesM's picture

> perfectly polished boots and helmet

Yes but most of the military characters — storm troopers, imperial guards, etc — had nice shiny outfits. Keeping your uniform tidy and shoes shined is basic military procedure.

I'd grant you that he had style if the movie indicated he had anything to do with his outfit's design, but I don't think it did. Maybe he said "make it black", but he was recovering from serious injuries and I'd assume the outfit was created by medical folks primarily as a modified military outfit designed for medical support.

Alexander Atkinson's picture

Darth Vader already uses a font – Aurebesh.

Si_Daniels's picture

>Darth Vader already uses a font – Aurebesh.

Said it before. Whoever designed this spent too much time on the Romulan Ale.

hrant's picture

And missed a superb opportunity to invent a script instead of just shapes. Same with that Avatar linguist guy.

hhp

kosal's picture

Wrong. He would use my own Gravity Supernova. Breaking the margins and all.

Alexander Atkinson's picture

I didn't read carefully enough. Glad that someone else knows way too much about Star Wars on Typophile.

Flant's picture

Very nice for headings but text is no good. Love to see a slightly curved version of this?

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