Style: Art Deco / Streamline Moderne
License: CC BY 4.0
The Airstream Futuropolis typeface originated as a sketch of characters that I drew on a page of notes around 2001 or 2002. It was originally called TRANSITION since that was the first word that I wrote in the typeface.
As I started to develop the typeface into a full set of characters in 2014, I sought a name that reflected the theme of the typeface most appropriately. I decided to name it after the working title for a fictional art history project in the William Gibson short story The Gernsback Continuum:
“Cohen introduced us and explained that Dialta [a noted pop-art historian] was the prime mover behind the latest Barris-Watford project, an illustrated history of what she called “American Streamlined Modern.” Cohen called it “raygun Gothic.” Their working title was The Airstream Futuropolis: The Tomorrow That Never Was.”
— William Gibson, “The Gernsback Continuum”
Airstream Futuropolis has been used extensively by Tom Cram at Spiral Electric FX for its logotype and labels on guitar fuzz pedals and other products.
Airstream Futuropolis was used for the title typeface on the cover of the short story Flight of the Mariner by Zachariah Wahrer.
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