The Royal Tenenbaums is one of our most loved movies around here. I know he’s probably an insufferably pompous ass in real life, but Wes Anderson is one of my favorite filmmakers. I don’t care that all of his movies are more or less the same story, told from different characters. The story he tells- one of love and redemption- is the best story of all.
Apart from his signature storyline, he has a signature visual style, his partiality to the Futura font being most notable. When I did my blog redesign last time, I tried very hard to invoke an Anderson sort of feel, starting with Futura. When I saw the first version of my book cover, I emailed the publisher to see if they could do a version with Futura font. When I make up Theme Thursday schedule graphics, I generally use Futura.
I think I may have a bit of a Futura problem.
I notice it everywhere. It’s the lettering at most post offices. It’s the lettering at the gates at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Personally, I think all street signs should be switched over to Futura, but DOT seems slow to glom onto the idea.
Anyway, I made a sign for our deck this summer, using scrap wood, a Sharpie, and my friend Futura. In my mind, Futura makes any text look instantly more charming and interesting. Like a Wes Anderson film.