Hrant H. Papazian said:
That's due to the internal white. Like how darker weights need a taller x-height to look the same height.
The internal white space surely plays a role here, but I truly think the curvature plays a role too. Try …
Can anyone please help me figure out a bottom line here?
What printer should I buy if my budget is, say, a few hundred dollars?
I don't want to start ordering test printouts and so on; it seems unnecessary given that other people have already conduc…
Hrant H. Papazian said:
The more non-flat a bound is the more overshoot it needs.
Doesn't the 80808080 example convince you that's not always the case?
Nina Stössinger said:
stare very closely at very good printouts at the size…
Academically speaking, it does bother me. In practice, if Helvetica suffers from this problem, I guess I could live with my font suffering from it too. Either way I guess I'll just follow your advice and leave it for the very end.
Thanks, John. That's very insightful.
Do you have any practical conclusions? Would you pull down Helvetica's 8 or my 6? Would you change anything following your observation that 56 and 65 make different impressions?
(Let me add, referring to your …
By the way, come to think of it, what I'm suggesting here kind of defies the logic of overshooting.
The bottom of the 8 is less curved than that of the 0, so it looks higher (at least to me, and probably to Thomas too), and I'm suggesting that it (…
I'm with Thomas, 5's bottom looks lower to me too.
I guess that's because the radius of the curvature at the bottom is smaller in the 5.
I've checked some fonts, and haven't found one that compensates for differences in the curvature radius by pla…
You've also changed the /o/, haven't you? I think I like the old one better, but I guess I can see why you've changed it. Anyhow, new /g/ does look more balanced. But you'll have to upload some text sample if you want more serious feedback.
Well, luckily the euro and the dollar signs aren't likely to follow each other as they do here, but suppose they were (or imagine they were C and S), doesn't it look bad that their strokes end almost at the same height but not exactly?
/u is too wide (and maybe /v too narrow)
/1 could use some overshooting (upwards)
/G would probably look nicer if its north-east end bent a little less (or you could try moving the top extreme to the left)
bottom half of /3 looks too small (tr…