Behind the Scenes in Typeface Creation: “Various Dots Included in Font” from Instagram Posts

Today, I would like to introduce the collection of “dots” for characters from the Type Project Instagram posts. A “dot” is a small element in the character, but it precisely shows the identity of that typeface.

The collected “dots” are the following five types:

The first stroke for the character “活”

The dot in “j”

The comma “,”

The voiced sound mark for “ぶ”

The semi-voiced sound mark for “ぷ”

Dots from Hama Mincho Display H are indicated on the left, and dots from Kinshachi Font Hime B are indicated on the right.

The line coming out from the comma dot is very thin in Hama Mincho Display. Even in the same Hama Mincho, a thicker line is designed for text and captions.

In Kinshachi Font Hime, the flow of a brush is expressed in the voiced sound mark. The design of the semi-voiced sound mark is also like a brushstroke. Even with typefaces with a brushstroke-like design, such as Mincho typeface, the semi-voiced sound mark is like a circle drawn with a compass. This design of the semi-voiced sound mark is one of the features of Kinshachi Font Hime.

Dots from TP Mincho High Contrast H, Middle Contrast H, and Low Contrast H start from the left.

Looking at the “first stroke for ‘活’” and “voiced sound mark for ’ぶ’,” the design of High Contrast is like a perfect circle that enters smoothly, while the design for Low Contrast is a bit angular.

Dots from AXIS Round 50 H are on the left, and dots from AXIS Round 100 H are on the right.

Looking at the “dot in ‘j’” and “voiced sound mark for ‘ぶ’,” Round 100 is created larger than Round 50. This is because an adjustment is made to have a right balance in typesetting. It may not be noticeable, if it is not enlarged like this.

While producing this image, I was having the same sensation as setting the font spacing information at the time of adjusting the five types of dots horizontally to look at equal intervals.


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