An independent archive of typography.
to participate.




Night Moves movie poster and promotional artifacts (1975–2005)

Contributed by Garrison Martin on Oct 15th, 2014. Artwork published in
circa 1975
    Source: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Original 1975 poster.

    Alpha Midnight is a fat caps-only geometric stencil with bi-form alternates. Sightings are very common when looking at 1970s print media. Tracking down information about its designer and original manufacturer can lead to a trail of rumors and dead-ends. It would be easy to call Alpha Midnight a casualty of history, especially since it has seen little use in the past few decades.

    It saw frequent use on ’70s movie posters, most especially. A perfect example is the poster (and related promotional materials) for Night Moves, a 1975 movie starring Gene Hackman. The title, set in Alpha Midnight, was apparently an essential detail that VHS and DVD cover designers didn’t overlook when they followed suit in decades following.

    Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Lobby card featuring co-star Jennifer Warren.

    Night_Moves-829172640-large copy.jpg
    Source: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Lobby card using Clarendon for taglines and ITC Franklin Gothic for credits, like the poster above.

    Source: License: All Rights Reserved.

    Cover art from 1992 videotape release. Memphis is used for the credits and tagline.

    Source: Warner Bros. Entertainment. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The 2005 DVD release of the film also featured Alpha Midnight for the title. Futura Condensed was used for the tagline and credits.

    Source: The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Alpha Midnight might be the most well known phototype of a series that also included Alpha Midday, Alpha Sunrise, and Alpha Twilight. Some have credited John Schaedler, of Tabasco fame, as the designer. Nick Curtis made a digital typeface inspired by Alpha Midnight called Mister Bones NF in 2011.


    • Alpha (Schaedler)
    • ITC Franklin Gothic
    • Clarendon
    • Memphis
    • Futura Condensed



    Artwork location

    1 Comment on “Night Moves movie poster and promotional artifacts (1975–2005)”

    1. May 21st, 2017  7:48 pm
      Alpha Midnight

    Post a comment