Acornsoft Programming Languages book series
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Prolifically used by the BBC in diverse media in the 1980s, Formula, by design a most unassuming and neutral font, acquired a terrifyingly sinister aspect for the present writer by virtue of its use in Threads, 1984. This softly-spoken-(very)-bad-news character, as well as its associations with authority (schoolroom and the nation’s broadcaster, as was), still makes me clammy at the sight.
Thanks for sharing this, Will!
The typeface used for Threads is DIN 17. Just like Formula, it’s a rounded sans serif of low contrast, but is distinguished by boxier shapes (see the D), a straight-legged R, and a monocular a. DIN 17 was likewise a somewhat common choice in the UK at the time, after Letraset adopted it in or before 1971. Seems your aversion extends to a whole genre of typefaces!