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Bent Fabric – The Drunken Penguin

Contributed by Matthijs Sluiter on Feb 29th, 2020. Artwork published in .
Bent Fabric – The Drunken Penguin 1
Source: Uploaded to Flickr by Bart Solenthaler and tagged with “futurablack”. License: All Rights Reserved.

Bent Fabric was the moniker of Danish composer Bent Fabricius-Bjerr (born 1924). He published a range of records that would often have an animal reference in their title: The Happy Puppy (1962), Alley Cat (1962), Never Tease Tigers (1967), Operation Lovebirds (1967).

The cover of his Drunken Penguin album pairs a penguin with two stacked lines of lettering derived of Futura Black. Most letter shapes are pretty much identical to the typeface, but a bit more plump – or drunk? [It’s an existing design named Black Letter, see comments.]

Penguin photograph: John Tashijan / National Audubon Society

Bent Fabric – The Drunken Penguin 2
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1 Comment on “Bent Fabric – The Drunken Penguin

  1. This variation of the Futura Black genre was not made ad hoc by Loring Eutemey. The cover designer rather used an alphabet devised by Armin Haab that was reproduced in the Lettera 2 source book from 1961. It’s named Black Letter and is different from Renner’s typeface in several details.

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