Typographic Countdown — 14 Days Left ’til 2012

R is for Roman. That’s who we can credit for giving us the R as we know it. Prior to the Etruscan civilization’s downfall, R looked much like P. The late Etruscans added a small mark descending below the bowl at the stem. To draw further distinction the Romans extended this tail to the baseline.

Rhode Black by David Berlow makes up for lack of space by slimming down interior strokes, like here in R.

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