Examining the formal characteristics of a typeface

anonymous's picture

I am in need of a good way to start examining the formal characteristics of the font Gill Sans but need some resources to help get me going. Any ideas would be helpful!

capthaddock's picture

Also, compare Gill's structural characteristics to those of other sans serif fonts. Gill is a grotesque, differing in certain ways from gothic, geometric, and humanist fonts.


rs_donsata's picture

You can use the Univers 55 measurements to establish comparations, so you can tell for example how much is the x height larger or smaller in different faces from the U55: 1.2 0.98 1,17 etc....

These are the vertical proportions:

23 + 51 + 26 = 100%

anonymous's picture

I really appreciate your input! What exactly do you mean by "measure the uppercase and lower case alphabet length?"
Thanks again!

rs_donsata's picture

Measure the vertical proportions: the x, capitals, ascenders and descenders height in relation to the eye (space between ascenders an descenders k - p ) and the capitals. (use Hkpl)

Measure the contrast (relation between the thickest and thinnest parts. Also measure the uppercase and lower case alphabet length.

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