Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever album art
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Hi Emma! To me, it looks like the specific version is Monotype’s Coronet Bold. The glyph details and the spacing suggest as much. Ribbon 131 is the name of Bitstream’s digitization of Coronet, which originally was designed by Robert H. Middleton for Ludlow in 1937. Ribbon 131 is distinguished by a larger eye in e, a more open r, a higher i dot, and some other small details. Chances are it was digitized from another size of the original metal type.
Apparently the cover designer didn’t like Coronet’s slightly ambiguous T with the roof that extends to the left of the stem only. This glyph was modified to roof over the h, so that it can’t be mistaken for a capital I.
It’s interesting to hear that you sense a 1970s/80s aura. To me, Coronet feels about three decades older than that. But yes, it was put to use in later years, too. One prominent example in album art is the cover for Velvet Underground & Nico from 1967, featuring Andy Warhol’s signature stamp in Coronet Bold. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a direct reference for the design of the Billie Eilish cover, especially considering the dyed blonde hair that she now has in common with Nico.
Thanks Florian! I did not know the differences between the different typefaces—great analysis. And upon further thinking… it’s definitely not a 70s/80s font. Not sure what made me think that! Maybe something about the font placement or album tone. Wish I could ask Billie’s creative team what they think!
I don’t think that Coronet or Ribbon 131 was available by default on old Windows machines, but Ribbon 131 was one of the fonts included with Corel Draw in the 1990s which may explain some of its popularity in that period.