Even if you don’t usually geek out over typography, you might still be interested in Arcade Game Typography, a book that compiles pixelated typefaces from old video games, mostly from the 1970s through the 2000s. It’s not a new book — it was published in 2019 — but I only learned about it a few days ago, when longtime Uni Watch reader Jason Hilyer brought it to my attention.
As you can see above, the front and back covers of the hardcover version featured pixelated versions of an “A” and a “Z,” respectively. In between is all sorts of cool stuff that will definitely push your buttons if you ever spent time playing video games back in the day, like the following:
The author, a type designer named Toshi Omagari, says his inspiration for the book came from the May 2012 issue of the Japanese magazine Idea, which was devoted to video game graphics. Here’s a really good video about him, the book, and 8-bit typography — totally worth your eight minutes:
(Super-duper thanks to Jason Hilyer for letting me know about this one.)