O so stressed

So there are a dime a dozen websites which will explain the meaning of stress in typography, so I am just going to give a quick explanation

The first typefaces, designed in the 15th and 16th centuries, emulate calligraphy, therefore there is a certain variation in the stroke of the letters, the transition of the thick to thin in the stroke of the letter is called stress.

When you draw a line through the thinnest points of the letter “O” you can see the angle of the stress.

I thought it would be interesting to actually measure the angle and therefore gauge how “stressed” an old style typeface is.

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So I guess it’s safe to say Jenson was a lot more stressed than Garamond, and it was almost a breeze for Caslon!

Randomtypefacts 🙂

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