The Da Vinci Code

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Early in 2005, it occurred to me that a movie version of The Da Vinci Code would need graphics that the book had not needed. Having created the ambigrams for Angels & Demons, I thought it would be fun to contribute something special for Dan Brown’s other Robert Langdon novel. I discussed the idea with Dan, and he told me that they would need a logo for the Depository Bank of Zurich (shown at right). I mentioned that I would love to create opening title credits and Dan said that while he could not guarantee that they’d be used, he would certainly get the right people to take a look at whatever I came up with.

I worked with a very talented student at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. When I met Digital Media major Steve Viola, he had recently returned from a co-op position with Universal Studios in Los Angeles, where he had worked on trailers for Universal’s movie releases. His abilities and experience were exceeded only by his enthusiasm.

Flexion-Font-Sample

If my ambigrams would be used in The Da Vinci Code’s opening title sequences, it would be great to have a matching font for the “crawl” at the end of the movie. My associate, Hal Taylor was enthusiastic about the project, and based on about a dozen letters that I had developed for the totem ambigrams, he created not just one font to match the totems, but a full family of four weights. The family, named for its genesis in mirror-image symmetry, is called Flexion. Neither the title videos nor the font were used in the film. The font is available for purchase at Veer.