Red Riding Hood Typography

A few peo­ple have men­tioned that it looks like the cre­ators of the movie “Red Rid­ing Hood” stole the typog­ra­phy from my Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood illus­tra­tions. While this is entire­ly hilar­i­ous and untrue. I thought I’d do a quick (and biased) analy­sis of the two to high­light some sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences.

Red Riding Hood Typography (on top)

The Red Rid­ing Hood typog­ra­phy is visu­al­ly strik­ing. It is a heav­ier weight type­face with round­ed ser­ifs. The text is styl­ized with grudge tex­ture and splat­ter marks. It makes use of sub­tle small caps, with the begin­ning let­ter of each word slight­ly big­ger than the rest.

My Little Red Riding Hood Typography (on bottom)

My Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood typog­ra­phy grows increas­ing­ly graph­ic as the sto­ry pro­gress­es with ink­ing and splat­ters to con­vey a sense of vio­lence and dark­ness. The title only has a small amount of speck­led splat­ter marks. The type­face used is Per­pet­ua which gives the piece a very clas­sic fable appear­ance. The title type is clean, using size and posi­tion­ing to give dif­fer­ent words in the title empha­sis. Last­ly, a tilde (~) is used to con­nect ‘rid­ing’ and ‘hood’ to give the title whim­sy and quirk­i­ness.

My Opinion

The splat­ters and grunge of the Red Rid­ing Hood typog­ra­phy look nice, espe­cial­ly in the red, but I’m not a fan of red text on a black back­ground or vise ver­sa---it doesn’t read well, and prints even worse. There isn’t enough ver­ti­cal spac­ing between the words. It makes it seem squished and mess­es up read­abil­i­ty (let­ters start inter­act­ing with those above and below them, when they should only be inter­act­ing to those to the right and left). So while it may not be per­fect, it gets the job done, and would def­i­nite­ly cater to the raw/​edgy tweenagers that would love this appar­ent mash-up of Twi­light and The Vil­lage.

See the trail­er below and check out the full post on my Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood illus­tra­tions.