Ligature in a TV commercial

apankrat's picture

This commercial was running on Canadian Discovery Channel for a while now. I don't think I ever saw ligatures used in a TV commercial before. The whole ad is done very well, and this is one of many nice touches in it.

Though the cheese itself I don't like :-)

Strabismus's picture

I might've seen "fi" lig in an ad before. Thing is, it's hard to tell in many typefaces if it's the lig or actually two adjacent letters. It looks nice. The line might be drawn at "ct" or "st" ligs, outside of commercials calling for Renaissance or pirate overtones. Thanks for sharing. :)

Fontgrube's picture

Here come the OpenType features in graphic design. Also watch the kerning in "Ta".

Si_Daniels's picture

I wonder if the lack of typographic sophistication on TV ads is due to the tools being used to generate the text. It would be easy to point the finger at Adobe but there's probably more to it than that?

Fontgrube's picture

I think that lack is due to those tools as long as they do not do automatic glyph replacement or proper kerning by default. Only few designers in TV advertising will see these as that important as to switch them on manually. If they know about them in the first place.

Strabismus's picture

Also, think about signs. Alot of the time, display text is relatively even spaced so as to be legible and straightforward. I'm thinking of letter boards outside a church or movie theater. Most of those are majuscule-only anyways. But then you've got cursive script on wedding invitations and wine bottles replete with ligatures, swashes, and what have you. Ah the beauty of diversity!

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