Cedilla design options - Verdana style

Adam LaddAdam Ladd Posts: 159
edited November 21 in Technique and Theory
I know this has been discussed in some ways before, but I've run across another cedilla design that I wasn't as familiar with in Verdana. It's almost like a flip of the ogonek (sorry for the small image):

I'm used to seeing the more "traditional" design or one that is more like a comma, so I'm wondering how this registers to others... is it an acceptable design?

I ask in part because I'm working on a display font that is meant to be tightly spaced and stacked, so I'm trying to keep descenders as short as possible, and this approach may work better (particularly in the heaviest weights).


  • Don't know about cedilla, but the ogonek is slightly terrible :#
  • My gut feeling is also that the cedilla isn't great... the connection far to the right looks strange to me. Any native readers?
  • Native reader here. This cedilla is very bad.
  • The Scandinavian folks will probably also confirm that the connecting ring is not the preferred solution. While we're at it.
  • Adam LaddAdam Ladd Posts: 159
    Appreciate the feedback. Would this type of cedilla be helped some if the vertical stroke were angled toward the center more (like below)?

    Or is it still not a good option for native readers?
  • Native speaker here :smile: 

    ccedillla is quite common in portuguese and used in basic words like 'cabeça' (head), 'maçã' (apple), 'Terça' (tuesday) and many others. As in French, the cedilla is a diacritic, but other languages may have a different usage... as far as I understand, "ç" and /scedilla are actual letters of the Turkish alphabet. 

    My personal preference is the "little zed" shape, mostly because I'm more used to read it. But I don't know what is more usual for other languages other than portuguese. I'd design the seminal "zed" shape, for text fonts at least. But the cedilla from Verdana is ok and quite a few fonts use it (you can check here -- click on "view all")

    The problem with Verdana is the position of the cedilla, which is unbalanced, pretty much like the ogonek is. The last image you sent feels much better.
  • Adam LaddAdam Ladd Posts: 159
    edited November 22
    Very helpful feedback, as well as the link, thank you @Rafael Saraiva

    A quick look at the first few fonts listed on that site shows already some that use this style (with the vertical stroke angled)—Bitstream Vera Sans and Calibri...

    I would lean towards the more traditional design for a text face as well, but figured there may be a little more liberty with display fonts.
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