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Retro-futuristic (1920s-1950s)

Stephen Coles
Last edited October 02, 2015

“Raygun Gothic” is a catchall term for a visual style that incorporates various aspects of the Googie, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco styles when applied to 1920s–’40s science fiction environments, before the era of space flight. Here are some fonts in that genre, both cartoonish and more serious.

See also: Fast Fonts, Star Trek, Connected Chrome

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The extremely narrow Robotik was created by the British typeface designer David Quai and appeared with ITC in 1989. The figures are robust and strong and form tightly packed, bar-like lines. The characters' slim, narrow and angular forms suggest mechanical exactness and cool distance. The similarity of the forms are also reminiscent of machinery and the letters form chains of words. The... Read More

Fat people are harder to kidnap

Teknik font is the work of British designer David Quay and was inspired by the powerful geometric styles of the 1920s Soviet Constructivist movement. It is typographically categorized as an Egyptian style due to its slab serifs. Teknik is a strong, precise font suitable for a wide variety of headline applications.

The soil bean burns the beef

Mekanik font is the work of British artist David Quay and as the name suggests, this geometric typeface reflects the simplicity of mechanical sans serif type design. It is an echo of the type styles developed by the Soviet Constructivists in the early 1920s. Mekanik font is excellent for use where a feeling of precision and strength is desired.

Please carefully bang head

German artist Johannes Plass created the strongly crafted Linotype Atomatic in 1997. Linotype Atomatic seems to mirror the fast pace and technology of modern times, and is reminiscent of the metal lettering found on the backs of automobiles during the 1950s and 60s. The slight lean to the right gives an impression of speed and movement. Linotype Atomatic is intended exclusively for headlines in... Read More

Do not joke for the bathroom

ITC Vinyl was designed by J. Keith Moore, who was born in Germany but raised in Colorado. The typeface is a hybrid of Art Nouveau, street attitude, and 1950s design and was created with pen, ink, and French curves before being converted into digital fonts with Adobe Illustrator. ITC Vinyl is a family of four display faces in outline and solid designs with corresponding "sawtooth" variants for... Read More


Georg Trump
Bitstream 2016
David Quay
ITC 1989
David Quay
ITC 1990
David Quay
ITC 1988
Johannes Plass
Linotype 1997
Keith Moore
ITC 1995