E is full of absolutely wild optical adjustments. The crossbar is slightly higher than geometrically centered, because if it wasn’t it would appear to be too low. Isn’t that weird?
In serif land, E has horizontal serifs on the left, and vertical serifs on the right. Vertical serifs should follow the weight and width. If the design is bold and condensed so should be the vertical serifs!
In the lowercase, e is a great opportunity to bring up a massively important topic in type design: contrast type.
Gerrit Noordzij is the pioneer of type design that distilled the three spectrums of contrast type, contrast amount, and weight into a single educational diagram. He used the e to avoid any pesky serifs.
I think Noordzij is a genius for simplifying complicated ideas. Look at how he shows the difference between good (top) and bad (bottom) spacing. His diagrams are so good, they need no explanation.
But back to the e! Translation and expansion have so many terms attached to them, it can get really confusing, but the simple trick is to look for the thins!
The e contains so much dna about the typeface — weight, width, contrast, contrast type — it’s like a good friend about to give you some juicy gossip! And you can tell, because it’s always smiling.✌
Vertical serifs respond to weight and width.
Type is inextricably linked to calligraphy. Thank you Noordzij!
Expansion and Translation are the two main types of contrast.
I went to middle school and high school with Zac Efron.