An e that looks like a dolphin’s nose

I had my first typography class last night and the exercise my students had to complete was tracing letterforms.

The assignment is meant to help the student look really closely at letterforms, and among several interesting comments was, “The top part of letter e from Jenson reminds me of the nose of a dolphin.”

Another student’s fiance was watching her working on the assignment and remarked, “That g (from Baskerville) is crazy.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Much of the “anatomy” of letterforms is based on human body parts: leg, shoulder, ear, spine, among others, this may be the first use of a mammal that I’ve heard.


The e from Jenson

The g from Baskerville

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