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Amsterdam Type Foundry
Excoffon based the form of the typeface on his own handwriting. The stroke has an informal graphic quality similar to brush and ink. The lowercase letters are carefully designed to connect on a line to an extent unusual in script fonts. Descenders are long, and increase the sense of motion. The face has several specially-designed ligatures (which have not been duplicated in digital versions). In lowercase Mistral is a true connecting script, similar to cursive writing.
In popular culture
Mistral was used extensively in the 1962-63 childrens' show Fireball XL5.
In 1983, the font was used for the title of the movie Flashdance.
In 1984, the font was used in the main title credits for the NBC sitcom Night Court.
The font was the logo type for the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses throughout its run.
This font was named official font of the Penn State Singing Lions, Penn State University's premier singing and dancing ensemble.
In Australia, the Mistral font is used in the logo for the variety television show Hey Hey It's Saturday. It is also the font used for the Sandals Holiday Company.
"Mistral" and "Aeolus" (a similar typeface) are the names of two vessels endangered by The Perfect Storm (2000) and appear on one vessel and its life preservers.
In the Philippines, the Mistral font was used in the ABC 5 logo from 2001 to 2004.
In 2011, the font was used in hot-pink to advertise the 2011 film Drive.
The font is also used as the logo type for holiday operators Sandals.
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