Strange Architectural Typeface Choice


40 Responses to “Strange Architectural Typeface Choice”

  1. deckard68 says:

    So close to the Blade Runner font, but not quite. (Neither is it the Galactica font, Cinemajay).

  2. error404 says:

    I didn’t even realise there was a Battlestar Los Angeles.

  3. wirehead says:

    I still have a typographic stiffie for those funky sciencefictiony fonts. Like Stop. And fifty million other pretty yet barely readable display types. There’s infinite variety, really.

  4. Sekino says:

    Damn Mac->PC typeface conversions

  5. zipr says:

    The future is 25 years ago.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Gary Hustwit is rolling over in his grave…

  7. dj_bennyb says:

    At least it isn’t Comic Sans.

  8. Omir the Storyteller says:

    The font looks to me like Stop. That’s the font Steve Jackson used for his Car Wars game series. And yes, Car Wars was created in the early 80s.

  9. Church says:

    Yeah, my first thought was BSG TOS, but those “E”s are really looking like Jackson’s Stop font.

    Given LA’s car culture, that seems wildly appropriate.

  10. GauchoAmigo says:

    I’m sure it goes by other names too.

  11. Ranting Nerd says:

    Isn’t that the Babylon 5 font?

  12. Anonymous says:

    To me, the font says” “Sequential Circuits Prophet 5″

  13. Kennric says:

    I like it too. If you can relax your eyes a bit and look at the whole facade without thinking about the building as being “Greco-Roman” specifically, then the font shape actually plays fairly well with the other design elements.

    It’s all about mental context, the font is only out of place because someone in the 80′s thought it looked futuristic and slapped onto a bunch of movie props. There’s no particular reason why the Romans couldn’t have used those letter shapes and left us with the impression that Time New Roman is the futuristic one. I think we get tied too much to the learned context of objects and ignore the actual visual impact of them because the context doesn’t feel right.

  14. Mark Simonson says:

    Stop is the original name, created in 1970 by Italian type designer Aldo Novarese, the same guy who gave us Microgramma/Eurostile, which shows up in everything from Star Trek to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  15. OriGuy says:

    The font used in Babylon 5 was Serpentine.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been to this theatre for a production of Threepenny Opera. The whole place is filled with this same sense of awkward and surreal anachronism. For example, the interior is a large clean hardwood floor similar to an art gallery, but surrounded by dilapidated stone. Then there’s a cheap restaurant inside which adds to the surreality. The theatre is actually downstairs and is very vertiginous and hip. I’d say this is one of those buildings that could only exist in LA, in all its awkward ironic splendor.

  17. EH says:

    i’m thinking this reno was sponsored by back to the future III.

  18. Alpha Omicron says:

    See also the hullabaloo over the University of Waterloo’s proposed new logo.

  19. cinemajay says:


    I guess I was looking at the combined look: classical architecture + futuristic font.

  20. teufelsdroch says:

    This reminds me of the wonderful slogans over the Cover-up cafe in Roswell, NM (now sadly closed):

    “Remember, only you can prevent mass hysteria”

  21. Anonymous says:

    Proof that Battlestar Galactica was historically correct.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’m surprised no one else here has mentioned Futurama.

  23. codeman38 says:

    @Ranting Nerd: Indeed, that is the font used for signage in Babylon 5.

  24. Tdawwg says:

    Hey, right on! I noticed that building when in LA last. It’s right near a boutique named “Crack,” if I remember….

  25. Anonymous says:

    If it only said “NEW ANGELES” it would be truly complete.

  26. mdh says:

    I agree – it appears to be Stop

  27. jetfx says:

    It’ll be perfect 10 years from now when Los Angeles is a rainy dystopia.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Anyone got copy of Logan’s Run around to compare with? Video-disc? Anyone?

  29. Anonymous says:

    Two words…LASER TAG.

  30. Avram / Moderator says:

    Yes, that typeface is definitely Stop, or a knockoff of it. I remember seeing it in Letraset catalogs back in the ’80s, when I was a graphic design major. Howard Chaykin used it for the PlexMall’s signage in his SF comic series American Flagg.

  31. Anonymous says:

    My favorite boyhood geekshop, which is now more of an end user store, microcenter in cambridge MA uses the same font.

  32. Man On Pink Corner says:

    Wing Commander!

  33. Teresa Nielsen Hayden says:

    It’s Stop. Scottsdale is one of its knockoffs.

    I’m sure it’ll eventually come to look like quaint period typography. Right now it just looks painfully dated.

    Could be worse; could be Peignot.

  34. Anonymous says:

    the LATC is a defunct theatre company the building was a bank before being gutted by the LATC and remodeled. There are five very state of the art (circa. 1985) performance spaces inside. The juxtaposition of old and new was a deliberate design choice.

  35. DWittSF says:

    Does that mean that the nameplate on the Tyrell Corporation building is done in Trajan?

  36. SamSam says:

    I can’t believe they missed the opportunity to use Papyrus! Think about it… old building, great underused old-timey font. It would have matched perfectly!

  37. cinemajay says:

    The Lords of Kobol are pleased.

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