Best practice to build a ligature?

Create a ligature glyph
Livory

Two or more glyphs combined into one
FF Super Grotesk



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  • Kent LewKent Lew Posts: 903
    One piece is more effective if the combination has qualities that would be impractical to achieve with two separate glyphs — like the rounding of the corners of the counters in the first example.

    Two separate glyphs may be a more practical approach if one or the other can be reused with multiple partners — e.g., OC, OG OO, OQ in your second example.

    Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages. I do not think there is a single “best practice.”
  • The fit of the second approach may be compromised if tracking is applied. 
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