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CT Question about a font used in ANH

Discussion in 'Classic Trilogy' started by Billy_Dee_Binks, Jul 21, 2013.

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  1. Billy_Dee_Binks

    Billy_Dee_Binks Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Back in 2004 there was a change made to the Tractor Beam that Obi Wan shuts off to provide the gang with a chance to escape the Death Star. Originally it had English writing on it, which was modified to Aurebesh for the DVD release.

    So this only leaves two more instances in ANH that features Earth-based letters/ numbers:
    The docking back 94 wall mural next to the archway entrance and the distance counter on the X-Wing tactical computers.

    The latter is why I opened this thread.

    [​IMG]

    People rarely ever talk about this beautifully designed font, which still holds up. It's timeless and fits the bill of a retro-future perfectly. It's probably my favourite number-based font out there. Does anyone know what it is called or if fans have recreated this font for download?
     
  2. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Mmm...looks sort of like Roboto (Google's chosen font) to me:

    glass_logo.jpg
     
  3. Billy_Dee_Binks

    Billy_Dee_Binks Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Hmmm... I will give that one a try.

    Someone just sent me a link, pointing out that the font was most likely designed my Dan O'Bannon, who is responsible for all those wonderful early CGI vector animations seen in the 70's and 80's, including Alien and Blade Runner.
     
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  4. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 5

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    I believe Lucas merely wanted to remove engish characters from the movies (numbers not applying).
     
  5. Padme's Love Slave

    Padme's Love Slave Jedi Knight star 1

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    Yes, English characters were done away with, but the numbers that survived in ANH have also been used in combination with Aurebesh in the "binocular views" in TCW.
     
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  6. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Been trying in vain to find a screenshot, but I'm 99% certain I saw that font in the original short film of THX-1138 on some sort of display or counter.
     
  7. Ganger

    Ganger Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Oh my god! I had never noticed the huge 94 on the docking bay in Star Wars!
    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Darth Eddie

    Darth Eddie Jedi Master star 4

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    /\ mind = blown
     
  9. Darth_Nub

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  10. Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn

    Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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  11. Billy_Dee_Binks

    Billy_Dee_Binks Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    That's possible, I will check it out. Thanks.
     
  12. Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn

    Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    No problem. I am also a fan of both the fonts of SW (the Y-Wing pilot helmets in ROTJ have really cool writing on them) and retro-future stuff, so I'm happy to help.
     
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