I'm working on a (variable) font that has masters with stroke contrast ranging from clearly modulated to monolinear. While I am mostly fine with the contrast axis name, I wonder what name you would find descriptive of those extremes when exported as separate style families?
So far I am working with "normal" and "linear", but especially the "normal" rubs me totally wrong. While for this design it is true that the "natural" state is the master with contrast I don't want to communicate that one is the default or favorable compared to the other. I am not sure how descriptive the "linear" is to graphic designers, either, but my hunch is that many don't instinctively understand what contrast refers to in the context of a typeface family range.
Any references or idea?
So in that context neither "Normal" works, nor does "High" and "Low", although it does describe the contrast.
Small, as in, useful in smaller sizes (and small amount of contrast)?
I assume you don't want to use display and text?
Edit: I see that's not what you mean...
I'm not entirely kidding: contrast is a parameter that affects the character of a typeface more than most others. It could be fun and might seem convenient to bundle contrasty and monoline versions, but to me they become essentially different typefaces, undermining the logic of type selection. Too much versatility can kill focus. Now if the contrast variance is intended as an optical compensation (as some people have been tempted to interpret it above) then that's OK – and then the naming can follow precedents (although "coarse" for one doesn't really jibe in my book).
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I think Contrast & Linear is pretty good though.