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Christian Thalmann


Christian Thalmann
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  • Re: Start Grotesque

    BTW, if you're feeling adventurous, you could even add a few more blackletter-style quirks, such as a /P with a full-height body and a descender, /H and /K with overhead arches, lowercase-style /N and /M, etc...  maybe as a third export font, so as not to weigh down your default font.
  • Re: Sailboat – a grotesque

    I rather like its flavor and its backstory. First impressions:
    • Lowercase spacing is much too loose; hence the unexpected behavior at text sizes.
    • The rounds often seem too «pointy», i.e. diamond-shaped, in particular in /O and /c.
    • Does the stroke width oscillate in a quadrupole pattern, i.e. become broader in the diagonals, in the round strokes?
    • Widths feel a bit inconsistent, with e.g. /M/R/a/m on the wide end and /G/H/L/T on the narrow end.
    • /a feels a bit droopy, foot of /t timid, head of /f short.
    • Serif on /7 feels out of character to me.
  • Re: Replace ß by smallcap eszett or smallcap ss?

    It can't be that bad if the Duden as been using it on its cover...

    The only reason I can think of not to use the cap ß is if it's badly designed (e.g., not instantly readable or disharmonious with the other letters), which is unfortunately rather often the case. Luckily, this is a problem that type designers can freely address by themselves.  :smile:
  • Re: Replace ß by smallcap eszett or smallcap ss?

    As for «predictability»: I would argue that switching fonts will generally change the appearance of a given text more drastically than exchanging SS with ẞ... and while using SS for ẞ can cause loss of information, sticking to ẞ never does. After all, if the user typed ß before capitalization, they meant ß rather than ss. Anyone who can read ß can also read ẞ without hesitation — if not, the ẞ is badly designed.

    But then again, I'm not a typographer.
  • Re: Replace ß by smallcap eszett or smallcap ss?

    A historical practice is not necessarily a logical practice. The practice of writing capital ä as Ä overruled Ae since it's more consistent. Similarly, ẞ should now overrule SS when capitalizing ß, since it's more consistent. We have no obligation to stick to past mistakes.