his font has roots in two early 1970s film faces called Harem and Margit. Both of those faces were uncredited, but Phil Martin alleged that he’d done this design for Playboy magazine — though there doesn’t seem to be a way to confirm that claim now. At any rate, both sources for this font looked like they were done in a hurry. They had plenty or quirks and irregularities that got in the way of their functionality. Such errors and impediments have been corrected for this digital retooling.

This design saw a lot of use on record sleeves and music posters throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. Its strange appeal mixes strong wood type influences with the art nouveau traits contemporary to its era, so it can be viewed as a sharper, more minimal take on the wild 20th century psychedelic and funk aesthetic that was common back then. Kind of a bridge between the bubbly, organic stuff and the corporate advertising sans serif craze that took over the world a bit later.

Johnny includes a Pan-European glyph set of over 540 characters, stylistic alternates for biform/unicase shapes, and a few discretionary ligatures.

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