Donovan

Typographic trends: are the sixties back?

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Millennials, you probably won’t have heard of Donovan, but in the sixties he was as cool as a cucumber. He was a singer-songwriter and guitarist who developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (source Wikipedia).

Donovan’s album covers were some of the first graphic images that made an impression on me as a young schoolgirl. They used very distinctive fonts which seemed to reflect his style of music. The most well known was ‘Arnold Bocklin’, used copiously in the sixties (in fact it was as ubiquitous as Comic Sans is today) but other similar fonts were used.

A Donovan album from the 1960s.     A Donovan album from the 1960s.

Arnold Bocklin font

I’ve noticed that there has been a resurgence of this style, and I’ve started to snap instances of this. Here’s what I’ve found recently:

 

I wonder if this is to become a trend? I blame Liam Gallagher who started this resurgence with his Pretty Green logo (which I love). What do you think of this style? Is it here to stay?

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Pretty Green logo

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