Tag Archives: typography


The Mechanics’ Magazine, Museum, Register, Journal, and Gazette. No. 1051,Saturday September 30, 1843, 265.

I recall hearing that most type is about 50% redundant if the only consideration is legibility. If so, I’m interested in why mi-type, or something like it, never caught on. If the entire history of print was reduced by half the material costs—assuming it was just a legible— this would have been significant in labor/ cost/ carbon reduction.

The Bang

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Quite likely the most useful, yet infrequently available typographical symbol from the 1960’s. The interrobang. What‽ You can find it in Special Characters of Helvetica, Courier, Palatino, and a few others.


Long ‘s’

From:  Ferguson, Adam.  The History of the Progress and Termination of the Roman Republic.  Edinburgh: Printed for Bell & Bradfute; and sold by Longman, Rees, Hurst, and Orme, London. 1805.

A well placed long ‘s’ often gives me a chuckle.  My all time favorite was a scientific text that kept mentioning sucking on a pipette.