2-point type at ATypI Helsinki

crossgrove's picture

Does anyone remember a specimen in the ATypI type gallery (long hallway) that showed an experimental set of size-specific designs for type to be used at extremely small sizes (2-6 point)? It is a very intriguing exploration of optical effects for legibility, and would be useful to track in our discussions of that topic. It was on the left wall as you walked toward the big auditorium, closer to the entrance. I seem to recall it had a name like fovea or cornea, something to do with the eye.... Not Retina, I know of that already. Memories?

hrant's picture

I wasn't there, but I know it's Minuscule:
http://www.tdc.org/news/2005Results/Minuscule.html

hhp

crossgrove's picture

That's the one. Have you seen the smaller variants? It's necessary to see them in print.

hrant's picture

I've seen Javal's original stuff (in print). But I've been
trying to get a sample of Minuscule, so far with no luck...

FYI, there was a Typografische Monatsblatter article about it.

hhp

kris's picture

How very interesting. Do you have any images of Javal's work?

hrant's picture

Gobs.
http://typophile.com/node/1331 _
(Note the "ghost" posts, now purged, by anonymous participants.)

hhp

kris's picture

Ahh, thanks mate. Ghost writers? I wonder what their vision is like.

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