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Hrant H. Papazian

Specialist in Armenian typeface design. Interested in multi-script typography, readability and notan... and everything else.


Hrant H. Papazian
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  • Re: Can apostrophes swing both ways?

    They also appear in the work of Carter and Licko. They make more sense. But instead flipping the right quotes makes even more sense.
  • Re: Optical correction in Arabic monoline

    I do believe perceptual bias is relevant, even though it is indeed partly* a side-effect of the physicality I mention. And it's not harmful, in fact it's crucial to good design. My objection here is to the way some people give primacy to the origin tool. This is a romantic historicism that misdirects and/or stunts progress because a tool –especially when it has stopped evolving– is much more of a ball & chain. So freely conclude for example that Arabic should have horizontals thicker than verticals even in a "monoline", but don't keep using the now-circumstantial origin to justify it.

    * But admittedly not even entirely:

  • Re: Kaffeebohne Display

    I think encouraging beginners to think for themselves is the opposite of cynical; tellling a beginner that anything besides some classical model "just won’t work" is.

    For example that unconventional "w" above holds promise. In contrast, I'm with G. W. Ovink: "Bodoni is an admirable letter for a death notice."
  • Re: Sozo - a boring Roman

    If it's any consolation, nobody has really figured out serifs yet...
  • Re: What is a newspaper typeface?

    I have a good-size folder of articles I've collected about newspaper type and typography. The best one was from Typografischen Monatsblätter.

    To me the most notable thing about a newspaper face is that it has to be ugly.