Exocet is a typeface designed by Jonathan Barnbrook for the Emigre foundry in 1991. It was originally designed for the European annual Illustration Now. It was used extensively for product designs in the 1990s, most notably for Tazo Tea. It can be seen in the 1993 movie Demolition Man where it is used extensively in the museum scene. It was also used in the film Dogma, the film Star Trek Nemesis, the Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting Planescape, the English translation of the Korean manhwa Priest, the Diablo computer game series and the Sony PlayStation scrolling shooter game Einhänder. The stylized "Q" logo from the Quake series of videogames is thought to be a modification of the exocet "Q".
The font is inspired by ancient incised Greek and Roman letter carvings, with geometric shapes used for the main construction. For example, the stylized "Q" is based on Qoppa, an ancient form of "Q", while the "O" with a cross () is an early form of Theta.
It is an all-capitals font, with different capital glyphs shown for both lowercase and capital letters, as evidenced by the T/t difference in the image. It is available in “light” and “heavy” varieties. There is no italic.
A sans version of the font from the same designer, called Patriot, was released in 1997 and is available from Virus.
- Virus Fonts: Exocet, retrieved 2011-10-09
- Jonathan Barnbrook (1996-12-07). "Demolition Man Font". comp.fonts. Web link. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
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