Halfway through this project Katr & I decided on a typeface that will be used for all titles. I found it on a magazine called “Hi-Fi News” from 1982 and my Rookledge soon identified it as a typeface called “Information Black Extended”.
Incredibly - as of 2013 - this font does not appear anywhere on the net (here’s a google search for it) except once where it is name-dropped as an alternative to Folio, and once where it is listed in the Rookledge book.
So there was no alternative really. I scanned in the Rookledge page and built the font using Fontographer & Illustrator. I kept the quirks that came from auto-tracing what is a very small reproduction in the Rookledge book and had to create some extra characters which were not included (© etc…) but I think the finished face looks great and as always it’s a real kick knowing it does not exist anywhere else!
As to why ‘Information Black Extended’ has disappeared from the enormous font foundry lists, well my guess is that anything called ‘Information’ is bound to get lost on the Web and so perhaps it was natural selection which has killed it off?
At least future searchers will now come across this very post as a sort of virtual tombstone!