mrs eaves numerals / numbers how to set?

shielddesign's picture

Hello,

I thought for sure someone would have talked about this before...but I could not find a thread about it. I like the way mrs eaves numbers look...but I don't understand the baseline shift of some of the numbers like the 6 for example. As designers are we supposed to be "fixing" this or is it just the charm of the typeface?

thanks!

blank's picture

Those are old style figures. They’re supposed to look like that. I’m not trying to be a dick, but if you had to ask, you should really take a typography class.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

If you’re an art director, as your profile states, I second James’ suggestion.

Plaidjaney's picture

Hey!

There's lots of information on the web about the difference between old style and lining figures. Don't feel weird about the question. I took a continuing education typography class (at the New School in NY no less!) alongside many art directors who had no idea what old style figures were. Typophiles, you can collectively throw up now ;o)

A lot of my education has come from these wonderful folks though, so keep on keeping on!

Nick Shinn's picture

This is a puzzling question, as six is one of the few figures that's the same in both lining and oldstyle versions.

shielddesign's picture

I can't argue the point...I have taken one typography class, but my masters program really did not emphasis typography. I have learned much more from this site about typography than I did in grad school. I learned a lot there...but not about type. I guess they assumed that we all learned enough in undergrad, but my undergrad was in a different subject so I could really have used the help. I learned a lot about art directing photography however which I am very good at : )

Now that I know what they are called I can look up old style figures and learn more about them.

thanks!

shielddesign's picture

Plaidjaney,

thanks!

Fiona

shielddesign's picture

Plaidjaney,

thanks!

Fiona

Plaidjaney's picture

You're welcome, you're welcome

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