Understanding lowercase g

laasr's picture

I was just curious as to why most serif typefaces that have a lowercase g with a loop are proportionally less in weight than the other letters. Is this to optically balance it out so it doesn't end up looking too big?

hrant's picture

Yes (although more about weight than size). In a text face busy letters (like often the "s" as well) have to look lighter when large/magnified in order to end up looking the correct weight at small sizes.

Also, I believe a good binocular "g" must necessarily look a bit small and a bit vertically cramped in order to avoid more important things going out of whack across the font as a whole.

hhp

laasr's picture

Thanks for clearing that up hrant. Another thing is can you tell me roughly how much of weight goes into it generally speaking? From what I can tell it's always a tad less by about 20% than say for a p, P, O, o, e, a and the loop matches that of the spine of an s" in some cases Is that about right?

hrant's picture

Dunno - I've never measured - I eyeball.

hhp

laasr's picture

Cool. That'll do thanks for now man.

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