Typeface shock revelation

Published October 27, 2010

Although I'm not a designer by trade, I find the question of different typefaces quite interesting: their usage, what they may signify, why one looks good and another looks crap, and so on. Yes, I even watched the documentary about Helvetica.

In the latest issue of The Word magazine, they've interviewed Simon Garfield, author of a new book entitled Just My Type. They've also asked him to comment on a few examples of a typeface being used in completely different contexts. I must admit, I wasn't aware that Nirvana (the rock band) and Mamma Mia! (the musical) both use the same typeface for their logos. It's called Bodoni.

I'm not sure that there are any clever conclusions to be drawn from this fact, but Garfield says that the typeface is "classic and built to last but also modern and spiky". So is that something that would apply to both Nirvana and Mamma Mia?