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Ohno Type School: P

P1

The P seems simple enough, and it really is, pretty much.

P2

P usually has a bigger bowl than R, because it has no leg occupying the bottom negative space.

P3

The higher the waist of P, the more awkward it will appear next to letters like T and V that have large areas of negative spaceon the bottom left.

P4

Because we have plenty of room for it, the bottom right serif on P can get pretty big.

P5

Using both of these moves to extreme degrees makes for funky looking Ps, but they space much easier.

P6

The lowercase p looks so similar to the uppercase, but the key differentiation is the way the bowl connects.

P7

The bowl of p is vertically symmetrical in expansion, but translation shows a big difference top to bottom.

P8

On occasion in translation italic designs, we get to see this cool form of p with the stem overshooting the x-height, and an entry stroke leading into the bowl.

P9

And in expansion italic, we sometimes see this lovely form that also features the overshooting stem. P and p are not so stale after all. ✌

Review

  • P relates strongly to R, but has a bigger bowl.
  • The construction of p depends on the contrast model.
  • I bought 12 pairs of socks, and feel like a totally new person.

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