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RAWTYPE's picture

Fraktur Anatomy ?

Can anyone point me to good soars for Fraktur Anatomy ?

joshberta's picture

Anatomy question about the letter W

Is there a name for the anatomical condition in a capital W, where the second and third diagonal intersect (crossover one another) rather than form a pointed apex?

Garamond W, for example.

Vs. Minion, for example.

And while I'm at it, what's this condition in Goudy catalogue called, where the second diagonal meets the third mid way up, creating a left-leaning terminal/apex?

Hey guys,

I am trying to write about this part of the attached G image and am wondering if there is a specific name for this instance of the G's anatomy. Any ideas would be helpful.



I am creating a poster on the anatomy of type and can not find definitions for the following terms. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ascent Line
Descent Line
Open Counter
Two Story Construction

nitingarg's picture

Type Anatomy Reference


I am new to typography & recently started reading about typography in detail. As a first step, i am trying to understand type anatomy, to help myself i making a simple poster with type anatomy explained, so i can stick it in-front of me & let it hammer in my mind.

Till now, these are the details i am able to fetch from various sources :

Now, it would be really helpful if you can just check & let me know if i am missing something or done something wrong there.

Thanks for your time !

It suddenly stuck me one day that English typefaces are so much all over the planet that we at time neglect the (little) lesser yet beautiful ones. In fact, the beautiful scripts that these emerge from open such vast spaces for exploration. It was then decided that I’ll pick up our very own Devanagari, the mother of many Indic languages, a very few of them being Hindi, Marathi and Nepali.

In this entire exploration exercise, I made it a point to do whatever I wanted to on my own terms and conditions. I picked up Devanagari for the same and what followed was an interesting series of revelations.


The stroke of capital R projecting downwards from the bowl. Also found on capital K, lower case k. Legs vary in form, from straight lines to spine-like structures with curled tips.


A spine is the integral part of the common s structure in Latin types and fonts. Spines range in form from a simple diagonal line to s-shaped (including part of the upper and lower bowls), with and without stressing. The spine of some letter types such as constructivist and geometric consists of two right-angled joints joined by a horizontal crossbar. The term is borrowed from anatomical nomenclature.

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