The x-height conveys the visual size of a font. Typefaces with small x-heights tend to look more delicate or refined than those with large x-heights, in addition to being generally easier to read and appearing more prominent and modern.
- [Instructor] The x-height is the top measure…of the lower case x.…Often the measurement can also be taken…from the lower case z.…Regardless, the x-height is a key measurement…because it conveys the impression of size within the font.…A short x-height will produce a small looking font,…a tall x-height makes the font appear larger…at smaller sizes.…Typefaces for use at very small sizes…have very large x-heights.…As do signage typefaces, meant for legibility at distance.…
Old stype typefaces tend to have small x-heights.…The x-height evolved to be higher…over the course typographic history,…culminating in very large x-heights…in the 20th century and typefaces like Helvetica.…There is a trade off for larger x-heights however,…as the x-height gets larger, there is less space…for the ascenders and descenders.…Not only do the letters appear more cramped…in extreme cases, but they can also cause lines of type…to appear closer together.…
Old style typefaces with their small x-heights…and long ascenders and descenders,…
- Why study typography?
- What makes a typeface great?
- Stroke angle, weight, and contrast
- Shape variations
- Finding good models
- Typeface vs. lettering
- Drawing the basic glyphs
- Producing a functioning font
- Printing, critiquing, and revising
Skill Level Beginner
Graphic Design Foundations: Typographywith Ina Saltz2h 23m Beginner
Allan Haley on the Evolution of Typeface Designwith Kristin Ellison1h 38m Intermediate
Creating a Hand-Drawn Type Portraitwith Von Glitschka1h 31m Intermediate
1. What Makes a Typeface Great?
2. What Makes a Great Typeface?
4. Drawing the Basic Glyphs
5. Producing a Functioning Font
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