THD Sentient is an all-capitals type family in four weights developed by MuirMcNeil in collaboration with Tim Hutchinson
. Hutchinson originally designed Sentient in 2017 as a single alphabet for ‘Beyond 2001: New Horizons’, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Stanley Kubrick archive at the London College of Communication.
THD Sentient’s characters are based on the forms of numerals used to display data on the screen of HAL 9000, the intelligent computer that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
. These characters were re-appropriated from an original font created for the IBM Selectric II typewriter at two fixed sizes, specifically for financial settings.