So it seems well established that a key part of being able to design type is the ability to see type; that is, to see all the optical illusions and being able to judge colour, optical spacing etc. But I was thinking, how do you keep the ability to see these things consistent and what if you begin to overcompensate?
For example when looking at overshoot, isn't it possible that a type designer is so used to seeing and being aware of overshoot that over time they require more and more overshoot for it to *look* right? Optical illusions are just that after all. And how would this play into catering for the everyday viewer reading type?
Another example, the theory that we see diagonal strokes—right down to left as thicker than left down to right, is super interesting if it is due to writing techniques. I wonder if this illusion is stronger for people who have experience in said writing techniques or if type design. Am I just overthinking things?