Typographic Countdown — 2 Days ’til 2012

As you make your preparations for New Year’s Eve, we invite you to think about one. The numeral one, 1, started out as a single horizontal stroke. Beginning around the 4th century in India, the stroke gradually raised to a vertical mark, with a small loop at the top. When finally introduced into western society, the similarity to the Roman numeral, I, led those who did the integrating to adhere serifs to the base and top.

Premiéra Book by Thomas Gabriel uses its wedge-shaped serifs to fix itself firmly to the baseline.

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