Letter Geometry, Continued
CONDENSED: Letters that appear vertically squeezed or pinched are called
condensed. Condensed letters give the appearance of being heavier than they
EXPANDED: Horizontally stretched or flattened letters are called expanded.
They appear lighter in weight than they really are.
GEOMETRICALLY SYMMETRIC: Geometrically symmetric letters have
geometrically or mathematically correct dimensions and proportions. To
determine if letters are geometrically proportioned, look at the letter O for
perfect roundness and evaluate any distortions.
ITALICIZED: Italicized letters slant to the left or right of center. Before
negatively affecting legibility, letters may lean a maximum of 68 degrees
from center. Italicized letters add emphasis.
Figure 5-16 shows the letter O in various letter weights.
Figure 5-16.Using the
letter O to demonstrate
geometric proportions of