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Nick Job's picture
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Joined: 24 Jun 2005 - 11:21am
Hairline thickness
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How thin can/should a hairline weight be (on 1000 upm)? When is too thin?

Crazy questions, please have mercy!

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Karl Stange's picture
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Joined: 17 Sep 2009 - 10:07am
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The stem of the upper case 'i' in FF Meta Hairline is 10 em (is that the correct usage?) wide on a 1000 upm grid. I do not imagine that you would want to go much below that.

Jean Paul Beumer's picture
Joined: 4 Oct 2007 - 9:56am
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I'm working on an ultralight, and the stem of the capital I is 18 thick. I'm not going to make it any thinner ;-)

Craig Eliason's picture
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Joined: 19 Mar 2004 - 1:44pm
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Of course this depends (at minimum) on how big the resulting font will be set.

Juergen Weltin's picture
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Joined: 13 Jan 2006 - 6:31am
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Luc (de)Groot has done one with 1 unit. I think it is visible at 1 Meter, or was it 10?

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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What Craig said.

BTW, at 1 unit, can you even make normal curves?!

hhp

Juergen Weltin's picture
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Joined: 13 Jan 2006 - 6:31am
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I think there were curves, but am not exactly sure. I designed my Agilita Hairline with 4 units which was extremely difficult, especially in the Italics. For optical compensation i went down to 3 units. And that was the end of affairs, i found. The next weight UltraThin is four times as thick (16) :-)