Hi beautiful people,
since some time I have begun to notice that the two-story form of /a in some fonts has a hook that is, too my eye, imbalanced compared to the counter. I see it pushed to the left so much that I have begun to wonder if I am not missing something. We are talking not only recent fonts, but classics like Garamond.
To my knowledge upper parts should be almost always smaller then the bottom ones, like in an /eight, and an /a should stand balanced on its own as well as in text. Also, an extended hook should need something to balance on the bottom right hand side, and that's often not the case.
Am I missing some important peace of information or is it just people not knowing the rules? Please elaborate.