Project 3: Fictional Letterforms Classmate Critique
The last part of the assignments for Project 3 is to analyze and critique the fictional letterform of someone in our group (we were put into groups based on which type of serif typeface we were working with – mine was Transitional); my critique is of Anthony’s “Ah”, as he named it. What I have to say I like most about his letterform is that it uses various aspects of certain letters; you can see the bowl of the two-story lowercase a (or it also looks like a lowercase d to me sometimes),the head serif and crossbar of the lowercase t, and the shared terminal of both the a and the t. Anthony explained that his choice of where to insert his fictional letterform into the alphabet was based on the fact that he wanted to show his letterform with letters that have an ascender and a descender. Some of the main characteristics of Transitional typefaces are 1) more flattened head serif (as compared to Old Style/Humanist), 2) vertical or near vertical stress in letters with bowls, and 3) greater variation in stroke and substroke (as compared to Old Style/Humanist). The letterform definitely shows the variation in substroke – mainly along the curve of the bowl – as well as the vertical stress of the bowl. Another important characteristic of Anthony’s letterform is the ability to draw this letterform freehand, as one would do with any real letter in the alphabet. The letterform also points out that the lowercase t in Transitional typefaces does not reach as high as the ascender or cap height, which I never really noticed before. I think the letterform is nicely balanced, looks good, and uses important characteristics of Transitional type that call attention to the idiosyncrasies of the letterforms.