OH no Type Company.

Ohno Type School: I

I1

What is there that could possibly be interesting about this letter?

I2

I is so devoid of character, that you have to throw some serifs on it in particular sans typefaces just for legibility. It’s the only letter that does this.

I3

But I is significant as a building block. Remember my rant against wild gs? If you want a wild typeface, make a wild I!

I4

The reason is because the vertical stroke of I immediately echoes through a type system in a pretty gnarly way.

I5

Lowercase i appears humble as well, but functions as a building block just like its capital counterpart.

I6

In monospace typefaces (where each glyph occupies the same horizontal space), i has to really stretch out to fill the space.

I7

This is even more dramatic in italics, where there are no serifs, only entry and exit strokes. ✌

Boring

Assignment: Redraw this word by getting everything to match the I.

Review

  • If you want a weird design, make a bizarre I or i, let that modular piece ripple through the system.
  • Listen, I like IPAs as much as the next person, but to be honest, I’m kinda over it. I’m moving on to drinking nothing but German wheat beers this summer. Prost!

Next up → J.