Disclosure: I’m not a graphic designer.
I’m re-watching The Love Boat on both a tablet and large screen TV.
In the opening sequence, people have identified that they use a version of Futura Black font. According to the wikipedia page, the Futura Black font family is popular because of its ability to be read quickly from a distance (source).
Back to the Love Boat. On both devices, the tablet and large TV, it takes me a while to figure out the guest stars name. Often I’m still parsing it out when the next name comes up. I wondered why is this happening with a font that’s known for its readability.
I took a screenshot of The Love Boat’s use and compared it to what I found in the Never Use Futura book.
Love Boat font
Futura Black font
Comparing the “S”’s - to me, it appears as if The Love Boat font was vertically squished down, making the sections of the “S” stockier and therefore more difficult to read.
My question is whether or not there are font characteristics that make it more or less resilient to squishing or distortions that would impact the readability and legibility of the font?