Subscript glyphs

AEN's picture

Hi all,

I'm in the middle of designing a logo which is a chemical symbol that has a subscript number character. I looked through the glyph table in my fonts but I cannot find any suitable ones. The default Helvetica font on my Mac has a set of subscript glyphs that look like they are suffering from anorexia. The newer Linotype Helvetica fonts does not contain these glyphs.

What would be the best way to achieve a good-looking and typographically-correct subscript?

cerulean's picture

If it's 1, 2 or 3, check the superscript glyphs. Nearly every font has these. If it's weighted properly, you can just reposition it.

Failing that, choose a font with a good spectrum of weights, and scale down a figure that's a step bolder than the main text until it seems to match. If you don't have a weight that fits the desired size proportion, you may be able to create it with interpolation.

Michel Boyer's picture

Kozuka Gothic Pro has non anemic subscripts and a wide range of weights. If you use the character palette to see which fonts have characters in the range U+2080-U+2089, you may realize you own other interesting choices. In the serif fonts, I like the subscripts in Hoefler text and Adobe Garamond Pro.

Nick Shinn's picture

If it's for a logo, you may not need to get a font with proper scientific inferiors.
Just scale and position the figure in any font you are working with, and stroke its outline to taste.
For a grotesque with several figure sizes, consider my Figgins Sans. The figure options are shown on page 19 of the Modern Suite PDF.

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