Typeset in the Future:: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies

Dave Addey, Matt Zoller Seitz

In Typeset in the Future, blogger and designer Dave Addey invites sci-fi movie fans on a journey through seven genre-defining classics, discovering how they create compelling visions of the future through typography and design. The book delves deep into 2001: A Space OdysseyStar Trek: The Motion PictureAlienBlade RunnerTotal RecallWALL·E, and Moon, studying the design tricks and inspirations that make each film transcend mere celluloid and become a believable reality. These studies are illustrated by film stills, concept art, type specimens, and ephemera, plus original interviews with Mike Okuda (Star Trek), Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall), and Ralph Eggleston and Craig Foster (Pixar). Typeset in the Future is an obsessively geeky study of how classic sci-fi movies draw us in to their imagined worlds—and how they have come to represent “THE FUTURE” in popular culture.

Creator Bio

Dave Addey is the creator of the website Typeset in the Future, a detailed, geeky, and most of all humorous study of the design and typography of classic science fiction movies. He is a designer, writer, and developer based in Santa Cruz, California.

Matt Zoller Seitz is the television critic for New York magazine and the editor in chief of RogerEbert.com. He is the author of The Wes Anderson Collection and The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel. He lives in Brooklyn.


“To say that this is a brilliant book is an understatement.” SFcrowsnest

“Dave Addey shifts the focus to pop culture, exploring the use of typography and graphic design to represent the future in classic science sci-fi movies.” Buzzfeed

Price £30.00
Format Hardback
Publication Date 11 December 2018
Pages 256
Height 286mm
Width 238mm
Illustrations 256 colour illustrations
ISBN-13 9781419727146