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Professor: Andrea Herstowski
Office: 353 Chalmers Hall
Office hours: by appointment

email: herstow@ku.edu

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Figure Explained

Numbers are a common element in text. They are used to indicate dates, times, addresses, measurements quantities, prices and other data. In typography, the symbols used to represent numbers are commonly referred to as figures or numeralsOldstyle figures are one of two styles of numerals, the other being lining figures.

Oldstyle figures (also known as non-lininglowercasehanging, or text figures) have varying heights and alignments, as opposed to lining figures, which are of uniform height and alignment. Oldstyle figures are similar to lowercase characters in that they share the same x-height and have ascenders (the 6 and 8) and descenders (the 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9). In some typefaces, the design of some of the oldstyle figures varies from the lining figures. Some variations are purely aesthetic (such as a ball terminal added to a figure); others are functional as well (such as serifs added to a tabular sans serif ‘1’ to increase its width and create a look of more even spacing).

You need to decide if you want to include old style figures or lining figures in your revival.

Old-style, non-aligning: fonts.com/content/learning/fontology/level-3/numbers/oldstyle-figures

Lining/Tabular:
take a look fonts.com/content/learning/fontology/level-3/numbers/lining-figures
Design tips: when desiging lining figures they should be designed just short of the cap height. They should have overshoots just like your letters.

REFERENCE: Each number explained.


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