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Subject: Re: Z
From: Michael Brady <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:34:41 -0400

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On Apr 27, 2009, at 10:21 AM, Petraio Prime wrote:

> Why is the (sw-ne) diagonal in many fonts, thick? It should be thin!  
> Trajanus has it right. In my re-working of the original 1950  
> Palatino, I noticed this error and corrected it.

More explanation of my previous reply, which I dashed off in a hurry.  
If you are right-handed and hold a flat-nibbed pen at a slight  
angle /, when you make upstrokes, the vertical stroke will not be the  
full width of the nib, because you are holding it at an angle to the  
direction of the stroke. In a Z or 7, the horizontal will be a bit  
wider than the / downstroke, which should be not much wider than the  
nib itself. In an M or N, the \ stroke will be almost the full width  
of the nib, and the / will be very narrow, like in a 7. Generally, as  
I said, the up-strokes are thinner than the down-strokes, and the  
thinnest part of curved letters is at the NW and SE of the circle. I  
suspect the Z is intentionally made contrary to this "rule" in order  
to emphasize the main stroke, not the shorter strokes that form the  

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Michael Brady
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