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answered Looking for fonts in Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" making-of book.

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ReflexBlueHorror

Photos can be found at https://www.devicq.com/publishing#/lemony-snicket/

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Ralf Herrmann

Can you be more specific which fonts you are interested in? There are dozens of fonts shown on that page. 

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ReflexBlueHorror

Good point! What was I thinking.

The fonts in the image above (though all the different fonts are put to great use in this book!).

These display fonts are used throughout the book to tie the aesthetic together. It's two fonts (differences in stroke/diagonal thickness; more obvious characteristics in the 'F' in 'Netflix' vs 'Of'; and the 'S' in 'Events' vs 'Series'; the 'R'  in 'Series' vs 'Unfortunate').

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Gecko

I'd suggest that it is a custom font specifically for the project. Obviously built with a lot of alternative glyphs. Take a look at some of the Victorian era typefaces. 

This is by no means identical but it is a nice similar era font: Balford by Ilham Herry

https://www.myfonts.com/search/Balford/

Another great source would be take a look at some of the work produced by these typographers at Letterhead Fonts: https://www.letterheadfonts.com/

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ReflexBlueHorror

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I just looked through Letterhead - I didn't know about that site, thank you! - and a close relation of one font is there - I'm detecting changes on the N, E & F particularly. "Emporium" by Mark Searfoss

https://www.letterheadfonts.com/fonts/emporium.php

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Gecko

Yes I thought of Emporium, sadly I don't have it in my collection to check for alternatives. Maybe you could email Mark Searfoss and ask him directly, he may have been commissioned by Netflix for the custom font. 

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Riccardo Sartori
3 hours ago, ReflexBlueHorror said:

I'm detecting changes on the N, E & F

If you look at their samples, you can spot the right |E|.

 

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Riccardo Sartori

Another typeface from the same designer seems to offer the rest of the letters:

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6 hours ago, Riccardo Sartori said:

If you look at their samples, you can spot the right |E|.

See also the link at the bottom:

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ReflexBlueHorror

Thanks Riccardo - it does indeed! I'm going to have a close look at Searfoss' fonts because I suspect they're all in the book.

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On 11/14/2019 at 4:35 PM, Gecko said:

he may have been commissioned by Netflix for the custom font. 

The fonts in the Netflix series itself (https://fontmeme.com/a-series-of-unfortunate-events-font/) were

Bickley Script http://myfonts.us/td-6xPeiJ

a modified version of Decotura/Civet http://myfonts.us/td-VuRrVc

and Esmeralda https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/sudtipos/esmeralda-pro/

The making-of book is beautifully designed and in-keeping with the TV series' aesthetic, but from what I can see it's unrelated in terms of the actual type assets used.

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Gecko

This is LHF Elixir also by Mark Searfoss, my version from 2015 doesn't have exactly the same alternative glyphs, maybe there is a later version or Mark customised it especially for Netflix.

 

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Riccardo Sartori

What I meant with my latest post is that (as suggested by ReflexBlueHorror) the sample is composed using two typefaces.

The -> Emporium

Incomplete -> Elixir

History of -> Emporium

Netflix’s -> Elixir

A series of -> Emporium

Unfortunate -> Elixir

Events -> Emporium

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Gecko

Ah now it makes perfect sense. I only have HLF Elixir and couldn't work out for the life in me, why those glyphs were missing. Actually now I see Emporium is slightly lighter in weight also. Well done Riccardo. 

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