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John Savard

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  • I thought I'd see if I could find some real information. This site https://visme.co/blog/type-anatomy/ had an image which gave names for a lot of the parts of letters, but which did not settle the question about r. Same here: https://w…
  • IIRC, that was because of the difficulty in typesetting Nastaliq.
  • He is even holding the row of type in his hand without the luxury of a composing stick! And, yes, Hrant's comment makes sense. In Asia and the Middle East, as well as Ethiopia, people are less well served by modern technology, so even though com…
  • If in E and F, all the sideways parts are called arms, then the corresponding curved part of f is likely also called an arm. In the case of r, we're also dealing with an essential structural part of the letter, and there's no possibility of confusio…
  • Since the paragraph beginning that page didn't give the special or distinctive method used to print this edition, I went to the preceding page, but that did seem to only discuss the accuracy of the figures. So, indeed, he seems to have used the term…
  • Jacob Casal said: Just adding this for reference. Tables portatives de logarithmes, 1795. Found in the Avertissement, Didot has moved away from the Bodoni/Bodoni-like Greek. It looks different from the Granjon of even earlier and closer t…
  • I'm surprised you didn't consider something like
  • Since the books typeset by Nicholas Jenson were written in Latin, they had accented letters, so it's not as if there is no model available. But the approach you chose clearly makes the accents more legible in smaller type sizes, compared to distingu…
  • André G. Isaak said: but who in their right mind would think that ITC Benguiat suggests ‘futuristic’? If Benguiat is given context, if the lower-case is used, yes, it doesn't look futuristic. But in a pinch, if the context suggests t…
  • ITC Bodoni Six? Nothing wrong with it that renaming it "Clarendon" wouldn't cure.
  • Thomas Phinney said: This is quite a challenging style to do Greek for—good going! I will express agreement. At first, I was not overly interested in this new typeface, despite the effort that went into overcoming its technical challen…
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: And what does "not being validated" mean? I was curious about this, so I searched. After finding Canva support, I went to the main Canva web site. Canva is a web-based desktop publishing service. You download …
  • Incidentally, the Internet Archive also has the revised and expanded second edition of the book, with a slightly modified title: https://archive.org/details/greeklatin00thomuoft/
  • Looking at the book in question, I see that the late Greek uncial of around 990 A.D. is clearly where Cyrillic got its start. But it's not like the Latin uncial with lots of rounded characters, so it isn't as distinct from the upper case.
  • Nick Shinn said: Why do you suppose that the Greek lower case was never reformed along the lines of the capitals—to harmonize by being less cursive and “scripty”—which is what happened with Latin type? Ah, but they did get reformed tha…
  • Actually, although I do think the letters now all have a unified theme, that theme seems to be a blend of the humanist sans-serif style, and the specific geometric sans-serif typeface Futura; its influence is also visible.
  • Although I personally am not a fan of the style of sans-serif typeface it has now become (I perceive the current version as being a humanist sans-serif, a lot like Gill Sans), never the less this is a great improvement because now all the letters se…
  • Vasil Stanev said: I was reading a linguistic book and remembered this thread. Turns out other peoples beside the Ancient Egyptians and Sumerians used hieroglyphs and cuneiform. Are there some stylistic variatons of these two writing systems in…
  • Chris Lozos said: They should just mush all the too many versions together as one and call it, "Helvetica Enough Already." Initilly, I saw that, and thought, would I strongly disagree with it, given that I defended Helvetica against t…
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: Readers feel everything. Whether they think they're seeing something or not. Hence the usefulness of the concept of subvisible (versus Beatrice Warde's vapid "invisible"). While I'm sure there can exist stimuli s…
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: Wow, bad news for FontLab! :-(  But judging from recent developments you seem to be leaving with their ducks in a row, so thank you. Here's something from Hrant that I totally agree with!
  • Further: I like the lowercase j. If one takes out bdpq, g, and j, the other lower-case letters remind me, if anything, of News Gothic rather than Helvetica or Univers. Except that the tail on the a is a bit long and prominent for that. So on…
  • I know that in virtually every free online forum, there is no question of the forum being a democracy. The moderators make their decisions, and normally it is not even permitted to discuss them. So there is no question of flagging a moderator post. …
  • I wouldn't go as far as to say I dislike Rotis, in the sense that I don't mind if I read things where others used it. I wouldnt be inclined to use it myself, although I recognize it as one of the typefaces that has inspired the typographic design se…
  • It may need some slight improvement, but I don't think it's ugly, even as is. The sans-serif typefaces before Franklin Gothic and News Gothic: those were ugly. But then Franklin Gothic and News Gothic set a new standard, and Venus and Helvetica went…
  • On my web page at http://www.quadibloc.com/comp/propint.htm I have now added an illustration of how this principle of limiting the width of the widest characters worked for ATF in the design of Quick-Set Roman, which looks much better than t…
  • Christian Thalmann said: (I hadn’t looked at a specimen, to be fair; my impression is based on the above 24 pt screenshot.) Well, the specimen I looked at was of a modern cutting called Standard. Although the image in the thread was fro…
  • RaseOne said: When I decided to open up the system fonts on IOS devices for use in my app (Graffwriter) I was pretty surprised to learn that there were actually about 240 system fonts pre-installed with IOS. Well, I guess if you don't al…
  • Christian Thalmann said: Akzidenz, on the other hand, is a mess. Coarse curves, unexpected stroke thickness variations within glyph, and uneven color... not sure why it’s still popular, other than nostalgia. I was just looking at a speci…
  • Here you are! This page includes several fonts for dyslexics, including Gill Dyslexic. So if you want a humanist sans-serif as the basis... Myself, I find that if I want asymmetry for the "p"s and "q"s, I have to go to typefaces like Goudy Friar, an…