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Recently, I was asked for the first time to include a set of fists or indexes in a font, i.e. pointing hands. As someone whose skills and work do not usually involve figurative illustration, I found this quite a challenge, although I'm now quite happy with the slightly gaunt and ascetic result (now I look at it, I realise that somewhere in the back of my mind was an Eric Gill wood engraving of a pair of hands joined in prayer).
The exercise started me pondering a few questions:
What is the earliest exemplar of the typographic fist/index in use?
What are some designs by my contemporary colleagues that include this character?
And what are some favourite fists/indexes?
Here is my effort, for the new custom types for the academic publisher Brill: