Alfred Hitchock’s The Birds (1963) is one of my favorite films. This font was inspired by its opening titles which were designed by James S. Pollak. Each name appears in a serifless roman font, then is broken up and reassembled by the images of birds flapping past.
The letterforms are my own variation on Optima with certain letters altered to match the film’s. The bird shapes are based on my own photos of swarming crows on Thanksgiving 2004. The result doesn’t match the individual film titles, but suggests the entire sequence of breaking letters and passing birds.
The Birds font contains 198 defined characters and 187 unique glyphs. The font contains characters from the following unicode character ranges: Basic Latin (90), Latin-1 Supplement (76), Latin Extended-A (9), Spacing Modifier Letters (4), General Punctuation (14), Currency Symbols (1), Mathematical Operators (1), Private Use Area (2).
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