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Ohno Type School: S


It has been said that a signpainter might only really nail one or two Ss in their entire career. That’s why I wholeheartedly prefer the extremely low-risk, low-stakes, and low-fumes world of type!


Here’s an S that is really blowing it.


And now here’s that same S with those issues resolved.


Here are two rule-breaking Ss with a thin spine. They get away with it because they are reverse contrast.


As we’ve previously mentioned, Ss terminals echo through many of the letters.


And now that I think about it, it’s a feature that goes way beyond just that.


When drawing the s, make sure you flip it backwards, upside-down, and back again, while you measure and evaluate in context.


Lots of times, especially in italics, the lowercase s has different terminals than the uppercase. I could talk all day about S/s, but that’s good for now. ✌


  • S/s are almost always thickest in the middle of the spine.
  • Flip an S/s every direction while you draw.
  • My dream car is a 2013 Toyota Sienna with under 50,000 on the odometer. Update: I found my dream car, but it shakes on the highway above 65 mph.

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