Assymetrical Letters

Sulekha Rajkumar's picture


Could someone let me know why symmetrical letters (A, V, etc.) don't have a perfect symmetrical form. Is there a particular reason why the angles and thickness of the two strokes in each letter vary?

I've attached references for this. The blue filled part represents the original letter, and the red outlined form is the flipped version.

Also is it wrong for the letters to have a perfectly symmetrical form?


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blank's picture

My guess is that none of those weights was a master font and they all have uncorrected one-unit rounding errors as a result of interpolation. It's fairly common in type families and usually such errors can only be seen by someone who is measuring for them. Either that or the symmetric versions you created were made in a tool that does not round all points to integers and your new points are sitting on fractional coordinates.

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