hrant said:

> >A question: Do you think that gender duality is conveyed in this newly
> >released typeface?
> >
> >If so -putting aside the root causes- what formal
> >attributes would you cite as promoting this effect?

and ibbetson replied:

> Presumably we are supposed to talk about the softer curves in Miss
> Reykjavik. I don't particularly like either version, but i wouldn't call
> either one masculine or feminine.

The biggest problem here is the changes are few and superficial. Gender
is a thing which goes beyond merely changing (from the abbreviated
and presumably some other letters.

A more interesting thing would be a pair of typefaces designed with
identical intent, as regards usage and design specification (e.g.
x-height, etc.) but the odds are long one would get a harmonious and
useful pair when set together. Anyone know of a male / female pair
(twins? brother-sister? want to elminate as many variables as possible)
whose hand-writing (or calligraphy) is similar enough to allow for a
reasoned, objective comparison?

My first big personal design job was a convoluted set of adolescent
poems from different personas all tied together as a mock epic---I tried
to signal changes in speaker by switching the typeface---did I mention
it was a naive, adolescent thing out of my youth? I'm not trying to
denigrate the concept here, which I feel is valid at some level, but
feel that it's a far deeper, transcendent thing than is likely to be
explored or evidenced by pulling things out of the ether---the 'net
simply doesn't encompass enough of human knowledge and understanding as
of yet, and arguably never will 'cause one would at least like to thinks
the depths of the spirit of humanity will never be plumbed.


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