Italic / Oblique Letterform Reference

relitnosmoge's picture

Is there a reference that explains italic/oblique letterforms in a similar way to Karen Cheng's Designing Type? I'm looking for a book that at least shows axial stresses, relative proportions, and some width measurements to compare. Haven't had any luck in finding even something close to this, and feel like it'd be really helpful. (hopefully the information isn't in some out of print volume…)

SebastianK's picture

Bringhurst mentions at least a little bit of that on the first couple pages.

William Berkson's picture

Open italic fonts you like in a font drawing program, and copy and paste them over one another, both within and between fonts. Use the guidelines and measuring meter to find slants and weights. All the secrets are in plain sight—not that that makes it easy.

Also have a look at the "How to" section in the Typowiki. Enjoy!

Nick Shinn's picture

a book that at least shows axial stresses, relative proportions, and some width measurements to compare.

You may have to measure the angles and proportions for yourself, but many metal-era specimen books, especially from type houses (as opposed to founders) have copy-fitting charts, showing characters per em.

In fact, if you can track down a good "jobbing" typesetter's specimen from the 1950s, it will show types from many foundries.

relitnosmoge's picture

Thanks! Not quite what I'm looking for all in one easy place, but definitely helpful. I'll try checking those out.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Also (presumably) not exactly what you are looking for, but this newly released book sounds interesting: Hendrik Weber: Kursiv. Was die Typografie auszeichnet.

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