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Subject: Re: Textual orientation
From: Rodolfo Capeto <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 28 Mar 2002 15:59:14 -0300

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On Thu, 28 Mar 2002, Michael Brady wrote:

> >   Commenting on Excoffon's Mistral, Sem Hartz says that each sort
> >   carried a small raised "normal" version of the character, so
> >   illegible the type itself was.
> This is a very intriguing remark. The individual letters of
> Mistral are easily readable when shown correctly, but not so
> when reversed!

Hmm, I'm quite certain (if that wasn't clear) that Hartz means
that each sort of metal Mistral had its character represented by
a small letter in some "readable" style. That was of course
below printing height and was most probably a monoline sans ;) .
Not an un-reversed version of Mistral itself, sacre bleu! But
your point holds.


>    Same as the effect that certain map details
> lose their familiarity when rotated more than 90 degrees.
> For example, take a line drawing of the Atlantic coast of
> the US, rotate it 90 or 120 degrees or such, and see how
> difficult it is to 'parse' or comprehend. I'm sure the same
> would hold true of the Atlantic coast of Spain and France,
> if it were rotated 100 degrees clockwise. Or the Indian
> Ocean coast of Africa.

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