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Intellivision video game consoles

Contributed by Jake P on Feb 6th, 2022. Artwork published in
circa 1979
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    Intellivision video game consoles 1
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    The logo used for Mattel’s 1979 video game console, the Intellivision, is based on Peignot. More specifically, it uses tightly spaced lowercase letters from Peignot’s Bold weight, with a number of customizations: t got a proper lowercase form, the l’s were trimmed, i dots were made square and integrated into the x-height, and the right arm of v was extended so that the glyph resembles a check mark.

    From Wikipedia:

    The Intellivision is a home video game console released by Mattel Electronics in 1979. The name is a portmanteau of “intelligent television”. Development began in 1977, the same year as the launch of its main competitor, the Atari 2600. In 1984, Mattel sold its video game assets to a former Mattel Electronics executive and investors, eventually becoming INTV Corporation. Game development ran from 1978 to 1990 when the Intellivision was discontinued. From 1980 to 1983, more than 3 million consoles were sold.

    Peignot Bold (URW’s digitization with tightened spacing, top) compared to the Intellivision logo (bottom)
    Fonts In Use. License: CC BY-SA.

    Peignot Bold (URW’s digitization with tightened spacing, top) compared to the Intellivision logo (bottom)

    The Intellivision as released by Mattel in 1979. The Mattel Electronics logo is a customized , see also this dedicated post. Secondary type is added in a light .
    Source: en.wikipedia.org Evan-Amos. License: CC BY-SA.

    The Intellivision as released by Mattel in 1979. The Mattel Electronics logo is a customized Gemini Computer, see also this dedicated post. Secondary type is added in a light Helvetica.

    The Intellivoice add-on. “Voice Synthesis Module” is added in all-caps .
    Source: en.wikipedia.org Evan-Amos. License: CC BY-SA.

    The Intellivoice add-on. “Voice Synthesis Module” is added in all-caps Helvetica.

    The Intellivision II redesign was much smaller and cheaper to manufacture than the original. The numerals on the keypad are from  Bold Extended.
    Source: en.wikipedia.org Evan-Amos. License: CC BY-SA.

    The Intellivision II redesign was much smaller and cheaper to manufacture than the original. The numerals on the keypad are from Eurostile Bold Extended.

    Intellivision video game consoles 6
    Source: www.flickr.com Jeremy Brooks. License: CC BY-NC.

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    • Peignot
    • Gemini Computer
    • Helvetica
    • Eurostile

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    1. ShyFoundry made a font based on this logo called SF Intellivised: www.dafont.com/intellivisio…

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