In Search Of: Term for "Anti-Stencil"

hrant's picture

Thanks to the "Typophile Merchandise?" thread* I've realized that letterforms that have no fully-enclosed counters can be useful (for ease of manufacturing certain things). They're like the inverse of stencil letterforms. Kind of like some of the letters here: http://typophile.com/node/76578

* http://typophile.com/node/101919

What to call that?

hhp

oldnick's picture

I’d go with senza contatori

Theunis de Jong's picture

Mono-something something. Something like monolithic, emphasizing "out of a single block".
A few random tries: "Monogram" (nah), "Monotone" (nope). "Monotype", is that taken? :)

How about "Monograph"?

(Edit) "Monobody", maybe.

hrant's picture

Monotan? :-)

hhp

oldnick's picture

Mono-a-mono…

russellm's picture

couterless

timd's picture

Counter-counter could be anti-counter.
Fret-friendly
Ajar counter
Agoraphiliac
Unit Construction

Té Rowan's picture

Dis-counted? Nah... gotta be something with five different incomprehensible etymologies... Lidded? Might do.

hrant's picture

Nice stuff, guys.

But wait, isn't there a nice topological term already?

hhp

eliason's picture

Closin' counters :-)

LexLuengas's picture

But wait, isn't there a nice topological term already?

That would be simply connected

John Hudson's picture

I'd lean to 'counterless', since that describes the phenomenon relative to standard typographic terminology for the thing that is not present.

hrant's picture

But a "counter" doesn't have to be closed... For example a "c" is fine as-is.

Hey, what about "silhouette"?

hhp

timd's picture

Silhouette describes countered text too though.

It strikes me that the linked sample would actually be more balanced and less distracting if just the counters remained (maybe slightly emphasised).

Tim

LexLuengas's picture

What about "filled", "boundless" or, if you wish, "unpierced"? Even "blind" might do well.

eliason's picture

To get really nerdy, "1-connected topology"

But I like "filled."

hrant's picture

Craig, indeed sometimes the most boring thing makes the most sense.

hhp

5star's picture

+1

I think of it as filled too.

And when using my design software the term Fill is one of the most common actions/noun that there is.

n.

Nick Shinn's picture

However, that name is already taken—there are some two-font typefaces designed for two-color setting, where one of the fonts is called Fill, e.g. Rosewood.

Solid?
Holeless?

hrant's picture

Hmmm, I guess you're right about "fill"...

And I think "solid" actually contrasts nicely with "stencil".

hhp

HVB's picture

Unencountered

Karl Stange's picture

The term solid is already used in contrast to stencil or open/outline cuts in some typefaces, e.g., Oxide Solid, Bokka and Mona Lisa.

oldnick's picture

Holeless?

In that same vein, why not “Unholy”…

dezcom's picture

Closed encounters [of the 1st kind]

hrant's picture

I wonder...
http://instagram.com/p/a8jjyMhgAt/#
(Thanks to James Grieshaber.)

And a related gem:
https://twitter.com/hhpapazian/status/341622778270728192/photo/1
(Right down the street from me.)

hhp

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