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Andreas Stötzner

Hello Paul, I just chimed in with a comment … Generally I would encourage you to do it but don’t expect the big business with medievalist folks. Greetings from Leipzig, A. Stötzner

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  • Re: German ch and ck ligs

    I think the ch ligature is unrecognisable to anyone nowadays. It looks more like a Cyrillic or Greek glyph, and is completely out of place in Latin text. …
    For readers not familiar with German this makes sense. But for us the recognition of Schlicht or Friedrich or Schokolade in the depictions above is without difficulty because we are familiar with the Wortbild (the word’s visual). In any language, if one is familiar with its written representation, one picks the sense easily despite occasional specific details such as a peculiar ligature.

    In a running text I would probably also not want to have such a very special ligature glyph in general, but in title settings and short phrases it is no problem at all.

    A joining loop at the top would not work better in texts. The ch digraph is very frequent in German: Ich mache mir vielleicht einen schönen Nachmittag. The extra fancy bit would make the ch visually stand out and this would most likely, in a typical case, disturb seemless reading.

    Originally the two ligatures (in their simple version) were common in blackletter lead type because it speeds up composing. Also the option to tighten the large inner white space was welcomed and proved to be beneficial. Later these two ligatures were also done in typefaces other than Fraktur, their usage was standard good practice throughout. Check the sample below (Weiß-Antiqua, a book from 1950).




  • Re: Needlephabet

    … a sew-through button for the O?
  • Re: Call for design suggestions: Anglicana W

    > I still find it helpful to see if a proposed form can be reasonably written, and what instinctive proportional relationships emerge in terms of counter sizes …

    Very good point, John. (we seem to work rather simultaneously right now… :)


  • Re: What are the names for styles of the digit one?

    but back to the 1 issue. Here are a few more recent examples
    ;)


  • Re: What are the names for styles of the digit one?

    Excellent examples. Such delicate detailing was actually rather common and widespread in Germany (as a few more samples may illustrate).