Where did the sail on the lowercase t originate?


I was wondering if anyone knows where the sail on the lowercase t originated from.

I get that its an attempt to unify the t into one stroke, but is their anymore to it than that? Why is the sail on the left? Why does the stroke begin at the right and move left (opposed to the left --> right motion we use to cross our "t"s and "f"s)?

(not too strange)

(very strange)

Thoughts on setting license plates in mixed/lowercase?

Given that research on road sign legibility supports the use of mixed case over uppercase, would it be worth examining the case of license number plates as well?
I'm really bad at remembering car plates, and I think it's partly attributable to the block shape issue. So I wondered whether they might be easier to read and remember if, at the least, the letters were set in lowercase (probably large x-height).

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Is it worth investigating, or is it a non-issue?

By the way, I'm nowhere near as well-versed in type research, theory, and practice as many of you are, so please be gentle if I seem uninformed.

Pretty unusual sans-serif

WhatTheFont didn't turn up an exact match but it does look like Lorimer No.2 with a more egg-shaped lower-C and quite a different R. The differences are not subtle enough to convince me this is modified from Lorimer No.2 and I've never seen anything like it plus this is a Japanese publication so I'm guessing what else it could be. Perhaps a Japanese foundry?

http://leyline-publishing.com/arc/arc15号 Click on the book cover to see it enlarged. I'm referring to the font used in "arc/15".

Early Gothic/Grotesque lowercases (Late 19th - Early 20th Century)


I saw this specimen of http://Gothic Light Face and I'd like try my hand at (re)constructing the lowercase, I'm aware that many of these early gothics didn't have a lowercase counterpart, however, looking at the [[http://www.utexas.edu/cofa/rrk/specimen.php?type=Gothic&sub=Lineal&specn...

Copy kerning from lowercase to uppercase and * upper-to-lowercase


[Fontlab Studio 5] I'm building a font that is small caps, in other words, all the letters are uniform in width. I meticulously kerned the lowercase first, and I'd like to apply to lowercase kerning to the uppercase, which I did using kerning classes, i.e. _kern1: a' A

However, I would also like that same kerning to apply to the Uppercase-to-Uppercase, i.e. the kerning from fa to be the same as FA.

Using the classes, and putting a' A in the same class seems to only apply the kerning to Fa, and not FA.

Any help is appreciated.

Who invented Title Case?

Last week I saw the website of Designers & Books, a very nice initiative. But in the list of books I was very much distracted by the use of Title Case in the book titles.

Most text editing software nowadays has the possibility to change a sentence into Title Case (or lowercase, UPPERCASE, Sentence case and maybe even CamelCase). Personally I think the use of Title Case makes the book titles swollen-headed.

Where does this practice of Title Case come from? Is it an American custom? Who invented Title Case? And who can tell me the pros of using it?

say it fat -- extended language support project


i would like to take the opportunity and ask for some advice/corrections in regard to the following project:

a while ago i had downloaded the free font "say it fat" by timo titzmann -- http://www.id84.de/type/say-it-fat/

while i like the style a lot, the original is very basic (~95 glyphs). i thus decided to overhaul the typeface and have completed the following codepages (the font is lowercase only):

0000 - c0 controls and basic latin
0080 - c1 controls and latin-1 supplement
0100 - latin extended-a

cyrillic is almost completed and greek and vietnamese latin are in the works, too. however, as this is my first font work proper and i am no type designer, there are loads of issues -- but it's a start.

Font similar to Trajan but with lowercase - similar to LHF Classic Roman, TF Arrow {Mike Y, Nick Cooke}

Hi all. I am trying to identify this font which shares traits with Trajan. Uppercase letters such as the /N/ are obviously very similar, but this is a bit sharper. Lowercase letters have some distinct differences from other fonts typically paired with Trajan. Most notably the /a/ and /f/.

Any ideas here? All help is greatly appreciated.