The st ligature and it's siblings

Frode Bo Helland's picture

It has been all over the place some time now, overused and abused to such a degree that I'm beginning to wonder if designers throw it in there just to boost sale.

I just spotted this (the "sp"), and it doesn't make any sence to me. Especially since the l and i in "uplift" so obivously crash on the third line.


Bert Vanderveen's picture

Gutenberg used dozens of ligatures in his 42-Line Bible. That may have been excessive [ ; ) ], but if it improves the reading experience, why not?

Problem with the current flock of fonts with lots of ligs is that typesetters/designers don’t stick with the rules, eg they use too much (pos or neg) tracking, which means that the (stationary) ligs stand out and distract. Of course typedesigners could program the OT’s to change back to single characters in these cases, but I think that’s a last resort…

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

Don McCahill's picture

> Especially since the l and i in “uplift” so obviously crash on the third line.

Especially when there is a ligature li used in the last line. Shoddy sample.

victor ivanov's picture

i usually love ligatures, however the last line "Guarding Morality"...
think the di and the li ligs here are not only unnecessary, but also extremely ugly.

blank's picture

Some designers are really going overboard and producing crap quaints right now. But that’s not a bad thing; it gives us something to compare the good ones to, and some good ideas are certain to bubble up. And anyway, they’re optional.

Nick Shinn's picture

It's a display face.
People want more organic content.
Script fonts.
Letters that sprout fronds and swashes.
Playtime for typographers.
Bring it on!

dezcom's picture

Amen, Nick! :-)


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