Looking for fonts used in manuals of the 1970/80s.

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by spinnerlys, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Guest



    I'm currently working on some "diagrams" for standardising the procedure of capturing tapes for our 1000+ tapes project and thought of using fonts from those printed manuals used in the 70/80s, as a gimmick and as some photos have that vibe.


    If anyone knows of such fonts or similar ones, preferable free, I would be very grateful for those.

    If someone knows links to PDF or scans for manuals from that time period, that would be very helpful too.

    Thanks in advance for reading and knowing something.
  2. macrumors regular

    Scan some of the text at high-res, crop a few words, then upload as a jpg to www.whatthefont.com. It's a great site and can often match, or come close, to the font you're looking for.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Some popular 70s/80s fonts:

    Berthold City (I think)
    Franklin Gothic
    Stuff by Neville Brody...
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Add Helvetica to your list as it was the most common font used for almost anything in this time period!
  5. macrumors 6502

    Helvetica has been one of, if not the most widely used typeface (roman characters anyway) for decades.

    There's nothing specifically '80s about it.

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