So this illustration
from Eric Gill's Essay on Typography recently showed up on my Twitter stream. In it, Gill shows that there is a limit to the boldness of classical serif typeface, since making the stems too heavy will lead the architecture of the letters ad absurdum. He calls this overbold
, and obviously means to discourage the reader from inflicting it on an actual typeface.
So of course, I did it anyway.
Is this worth pursuing? I know Gill's answer, but I'd like to get a second opinion...