Vertically Extended "L" in Small-Caps

fmcausby's picture

Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to identify a feature that I've seen before, although I'm not sure what it's called or where it comes from. In a small-caps face with a larger, initial cap, I've sometimes seen the small-cap "L" be extended to reach up to the larger, initial cap-height.

The only example I've been able to find is the type for the Disney movie Mulan, although I know I've seen it elsewhere:

http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTIwNjY4NDU2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMz...

Attached is an image of a logotype I'm working on that uses this feature as well.

In this case, I feel like it makes the Trajan feel less stodgy and uniform. It gives it a quirkiness which I like, the same quirkiness you get with a unicase. It echoes themes of elevation in the identity, and mimics growing trees in the mark (not shown).

Is there a name for this? Does anyone have other examples? Is there a history behind this?

Thanks!

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fmcausby's picture

Yes, that's it exactly. Thanks for that example!

John Nolan's picture

Carter's Mantinia has a tall L:
http://www.fontshop.com/fonts/singles/carter_cone/mantinia_cc/
(click on "character set")

fmcausby's picture

Thanks John, you're right. It makes me wonder even more if there is a name for this character and what the history is behind it.

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