Specimen for TypeFace Study

rs_donsata's picture

I am going to start studing some type faces so I made a specimen wich groups main glyphs by familiar shapes, shows the vertical proportions and three different paragraph settings, one of them helping to measure type space efficiency (do = 1000 glyphs).

I would like to have some commentaries about how could I improve this tool for the study of a type face. The lower case glyphs are about 2 picas height and the upper case about 3.I

hrant's picture

This is really useful. I mean really.

You can add a lot of stuff, but start with the basics, like you have. I'd have to think what non-alphanumeric characters to add (eventually), but some quick observations for now:
- Have a regular alphabet setting too (at least a-z).
- Use the cap height as a secondary vertical measure, instead of using it to determine the percentages.
- Show the percentage of "internal leading" too.

And on subsequent pages you might have:
- Some key words (like "the") set large.
- Width calculations.
- Many other wonderful things! :-)

> spanish linguistics on type design improvement.

Hey, there's really nothing written about that for English. You've got yourself a superb topic.

hhp

rs_donsata's picture

I may use a legal size sheet to make some room for for extra glyphs and measurements. I

hrant's picture

> width measurements

The simple one is lc alphabet length.
But a smarter one takes letter frequency into account, but then that gets language-specific.

Internal leading is the sum of the space above the ascenders plus below the descenders, and it's a big determinant of the face's apparent size (for a given point size). In some designs (mosly script faces with small x-heights) it can actually be negative! But usually it's about 10%.

hhp

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