Typographic Countdown—29 Days Left ’til 2012

If you draw a C with two straight strokes instead of a single curved one, you get closer to C’s nearest ancestor, the Greek Gamma. Your drawing will also approximate Kappa, absent its vertical stroke. This is of course no coincidence, but rather one reason for C’s broad range of consonant sound. Occasionally you’ll see C with a little extra mark attached below called a cedilla, translated roughly ‘little zed.’ This indicates the letter is spoken with its soft consonant sound, seen, for example, in the word ‘façade.’ Frantisek Storm offers his own “transcription” of the work of John Baskerville in the carefully considered Baskerville Original Pro, which includes this gem of a C.

2 Comments

  1. Posted December 3, 2011 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    What fonts have glyphs for “Thorn,” “thorn,” “Eth,” and “eth”?

    Trying to represent Icelandic printing from the early 1900s plus Fraktur, or Old English styles for eddas of the earlier years… say 1200s to 1500s?

  2. Posted December 5, 2011 at 2:29 PM | Permalink

    Hi Chris. I sent you an email with some suggestions. Feel free to reply straight back if you need me to focus my recommendations a bit.

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