A Primer in Type Terminology

David’s lead encapsulates my thoughts on typography perfectly: “I’m fascinated by typography even though I don’t understand a thing about it”.

Hopefully this won’t be the case for much longer, as Paul Dean has written a five-part “type terminology tour de force”.

From the excellently illustrated Anatomy of a Letterform (part two):

They speak the arm (of, say, an E), the crotch (of an M), which could further be described as an acute crotch or an obtuse crotch, the ear (of some g’s), which might be a flat ear or a floppy ear, the eye (of an e), the leg (of a k), the shoulder (of an n), the tail (of a j or a Q), and the spine (of an S).

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