Origin of letter "O" with vertical line through it? (examples)

KevinThr's picture

Examples are Barnbrook's "Newspeak" and the Monster Energy drink logo. Does this have any sort of historical background, or is it purely based in style?

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William Leverette's picture

The form of phi – Φ – from the Greek alphabet is an historical antecedent for these English alternates. I don’t think it has much to do with the letter O, though.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Plus, it helps to structure the inner whitespace. This way, you can have a larger (wider) O that doesn’t look out of place when standing next to darker, denser letters like M.
A dot would serve the same purpose, see for example Barnbrook’s Mason, or Tiemann’s Orpheus (revived and extended by Canada Type). CastleType’s Goudy Trajan offers an alternate O with a cross in the counter.

It might also be worth looking at the ‘O’s in blackletter typefaces, e.g. Alte Schwabacher, Fleischmann Gotisch, Goudy Text, Royal Bavarian.

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