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Joined: 5 Jul 2007 - 1:52am
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Hi typophiles,

How big no-no it would be to use the horizontal terminal in "a"? Other glyphs have a angled terminal. In the second image, the "a" is also angled. Does this look better to you? I'm wondering this because the arm of the "a" points to left, where all similar shapes in other glyphs point to right. So in both cases this terminal of the "a" will differ from the other glyphs. On its own, i think the horizontal "a" looks way more beautiful.

Which one would you choose? Do you see any other solutions?

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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Angled. It gives a better flow to the wordmark.

Nina Stössinger's picture
Joined: 19 Jun 2006 - 3:01pm
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Yes, angled. It's a consistency thing. The horizontal cut makes it look like the "a" belongs to a different typeface.

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Joined: 5 Jul 2007 - 1:52am
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Hm. It's decided then. I kinda knew the answer but didn't really want to believe it. Thanks!

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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However if you ever make a text face, divergence is the name of the game!

hhp

Nina Stössinger's picture
Joined: 19 Jun 2006 - 3:01pm
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Well divergence is one thing, stylistic inconsistency is another… Hrant, would you really say what he's proposing in the second one would work in a text font? I wonder.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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You know I like my text "a"s with a soft top, so maybe
not this particular "a"; I just wouldn't want to see Topy
put too much weight on consistency. After all the power
of style is proportional to size, and when you get small
enough for immersive reading to click, style becomes
much less relevant; or rather, it moves into the realm
of unconscious texture, metamorphosing if you will.

hhp

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No intention to do a text face here! I too like my "a"s like that, but maybe it's good to compromise in this case as the "a" is such a characteristic glyph for the typeface. But just a thought: is it really more consistent to have a one left-pointing angled terminal only in one glyph in a font? After all, there is numerous horizontal lines all throughout the font, in almost every glyph? Excuse me, I'm just a beginner...