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Countdown: P

Time rolls on toward the flash, bang, who knows what headed for us in a matter of weeks. Counting off today is P, from Othmar Motter’s ITC Motter Corpus™. Something about this face, in spite of it showing its age a bit, seems fitting for the time and subject. ITC Motter Corpus’s heavy, humanist forms, tall x-height, filled corners and sparkling details make the face an alluring treasure to rediscover.

P, set in ITC Motter Corpus

Typographic Countdown — 16 Days ’til the New Year

Before we begin with today’s letter, a note on position: We’re to the heart of December. Sixteen days in and 16 days left until this countdown rings in the new year. It seems to have flown by.

The earliest discovered traces of P render the character as simply a bent line. The Greeks stylized the character into a completely different shape, Pi, while their Rho, indistinguishable in form from our P, went on to grow a tail. Thanks Etruscans.

FF Schmalhans by Hans Reichel gives us this playfully high-waisted P.