5 Comments on “Blockbuster identity”
Stephen, I hadn’t thought about that. Looking back at video stores like Blockbuster, I realize that they were all looking to advertise a “Hollywood at home” experience.
The Hollywood sign thing makes sense. Maybe Rominger wanted customers to subconsciously see the logo as a ticket to Hollywood. The torn ticket could be seen as either a movie theater ticket or bus ticket.
Pretty good work for a little agency out of Dallas!
I just read the piece. Very nice. I am the designer of the logo, and the rest of the original corporate identity. I still have my original comps in a frame for the stationery. I have some better photography too if it helps.
More history here:
The Hollywood sign actually had nothing to do with the font choice. Someone had mocked up a cheesy ticket for David Cooke, using the font Broadway. Very expected and frankly pretty trite, I thought. I chose ITC Machine because it fit better with the name. I originally wanted to use the bold weight, but the counters are too small and I was afraid they would fill in when printed at a small sizes. I changed the movie ticket to a torn ticket, because that is the point where you are legitimately ready to enter the theater and see a movie (back in the '80's). The first comp showed multiple colored tickets for the deliverables, but David wanted to attract investors first, so we toned it down to the blue and yellow that became the final. The bus ticket mentioned above has never crossed my mind. By the way, thanks for the compliment to the old Rominger agency and Dallas. We still do a lot of good work here.
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Well, I think the two ITC Machine cuts are wonderful and I have already bought the bold cut with a cheap 4000-font DVD on which it was named Motte.
Since this font is still only available in capitals only, I have preferred to license Kairos and the Kairos Sans. Wow, those are arguably the best two font families in this style.
Funny that you can’t find it anywhere here. Almost fatal!