Lupton / type anatomy
ascender height / some elements may extend slightly above the cap height.
cap height / the distance from the baseline to the top of the capital letter determines the letter’s point size.
descender height / the length of a letter’s descenders contributes to its overall style and attitude.
x-height / is the height of the main body of the lowercase letter (or the height of a lowercase x), excluding its ascenders and descenders.
baseline / is where all the letters sit. this is the most stable axis along a line of text, and it is a crucial edge for aligning text with images or with other text.
overhang / the curves at the bottom of letters hang slightly below the baseline. commas and semicolons also cross the baseline. if a typeface were not positioned this way, it would appear to teeter precariously without overhang, rounded letters would look smaller than their flat-footed compatriots.
a bit inspiration..
>> fonts of inspiration : tobias frere-jones : anatomy of type
>> typographic series : martin silvertant : anatomy of typography