Best way of drawing h circumflex

Hey guys!
I hope you can help me decide what's the best/prettiest way of designing the Esperanto letter h circumflex (ĥ)
Personally, I don't really like any of the usual ways because it's either too high or too offset in my opinion
Designing my new font, Stenfree, i tried different options.
The first one looks kinda pretty but I'm not sure about legibility, though. Number two to four are the typical approaches.

Thanks in advance
rolifri

PS: I didn't do kerning & hinting yet. That's why the text-preview is so pixelated/low quality :)

Here are the letters in higher resolution:

Michel Boyer's picture

Why just these four choices? You could also cut a bit the back of the hat and the h ascender might optically compensate?

riccard0's picture

A lenghty discussion on the subject here: http://www.typophile.com/node/68302

Frode Bo Helland's picture

I’ve experimented with a slightly lower alternate h, so that the accent doesn’t stick too high.

donshottype's picture

Blue and violet confusing at low resolution -- similar to fraktur h. Green and gold unambiguous. Olive suggested by Michael looks good. Just an opinion.
Don

ChristTrekker's picture

Good points in thread 68302. I like Michel Boyer's suggestion above. Probably you'd want to design a slightly smaller circumflex instead of merely cropping the normal one, of course.

donshottype's picture

Objective of clarity at smaller scale suggests possibility of compressing width of circumflex for lower height version rather than reducing size to avoid horizontal offset.
Don

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