T26 has joined up with nettrendy shirt shop Threadless to use their fonts on a new set of “Type Tees”. Each torso wrap includes a handy link to the featured font. But what of the hundreds of other typographic Threadless shirts? To further demonstrate my identification psychosis, and in a shameless attempt to score some Street Team points (must have that Ray Fenwick!), I shall now attempt to identify some typefaces screen-printed on cotton.
Angels and Demons
by Justin Kay
Fonts: ITC Firenze (customized by Kay), ITC Serif Gothic
Alternatives: Pistilli Roman, Ambroise, HTF Didot, Annlie, Bodoni No 1, Bodoni No 2, Cabernet, Carousel, Caslon Graphique, Didoni, Falstaff, Firmin Didot, Normande, Poster Bodoni, Thorowgood, Sahara Bodoni
For similar hefty numerals, see Blueprint magazine.
by Sven Grothe
Font: MeMimas (Looks lovely with counters filled.)
Alts: Civility, Handsome, FF Schulschrift, Wendy
by Sara Lee
Font: House Showcard
Alts: Dom Casual, Dom Diagonal, Flash, Impress
by John Slabyk
Font: Arial Extra Bold
Alts: Akzidenz Grotesk, Basic Commercial, Helvetica Neue
by Chris Lee Jones
Font: Helvetica Rounded
Alts: VAG Rounded, Bryant, Omnes
See Web 2.0 Fonts.
by Kenny Liu
Font: ITC Edwardian Script (Whoops, Kenny should have employed the ‘fi’ ligature.)
Alts: Flemish Script, Polonaise, Young Baroque
by Ron Lewis
Font: Helvetica Bold Condensed
Alts: Brauer, Ketchupa
Well, This Just Really Sucks
by Kevin Ryan
Font: ITC Franklin Gothic
So it looks like the official Scrabble® font is indeed Franklin Gothic, or some variation of it. I would have rounded the ends a bit.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
by Blair Sayer
Close: FF Blur, Mistic Art, Fur
The Sound of Silents
by Brian Kravitz
Font: Silentina Film (fattened a bit)
Alts: Cantoria, Meyer Two, Novella
Learn more about silent film intertitles at Typophile: here and here.
by Kenny Wheeler
Alts: Beton, Calvert, Glypha, Memphis, Serifa, Stymie
by Zeke Ragsdale
Font: Hand drawn, perhaps
Alts: Gothic Tuscan, 66 Rodeo
by Steven J Carter
Font: ITC American Typewriter
Threadless.com uses Apex Serif and Georgia.
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