So not like any of you normal people are gonna notice this because, full disclosure, Im a loser. haha I look at type and logos all day like you wouldn’t believe. Analyzing what I see, what I feel, Why I feel it, Why they made it, the questions really go forever and really depend on the topic.
Here I am just talking about simple text on logo. Often times when a company makes a font their official logo font, They will change it in some way. Making it unique to them. Its kind of like a “THIS IS OURS SO DON’T USE IT OR ELSE” kind of thing. Which I have a love/hate relationship with.
Reusing fonts is not a problem but reusing logo fonts is huge. I mean just look at anyone who has used the Disney font for a logo or flyer, you never associate the font with the company using it. You always just think “Disney”
Well Playboy also liked the exclusivity of having a font be slightly changed just for them.
Now if you recognize this font, a little, that’s because you just looked at it when you read my logo. You see the Playboy font is a slight variation of the Rockwell Extra bold font. The serifs are slightly rounded, the counters are rounded and taller, and there is no Slab on the apex of the A (which is the most distinct thing about the Playboy variation).
Now the Playboy Club just started on TV and Hef is involved in the making of and in the narration, so why would the TV logo use the regular Rockwell font like us common folk? Not really sure, it kinda bugs me every time I see it too. Playboy NEVER used the basic Rockwell, so its strange.
That is all.