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Bracket

The horizontal part of a letterform is called the crossbar. Other letters with crossbars are A, H, R, and e.

In a serif font, the little curved piece that connects the serif to a stem or a stroke is called the bracket. It’s also called a filet (which is pronounced fill-et, and not fill-ay, like the cut of meat).

Times New Roman
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The straight vertical line in the letter F is called the stem.

Times New Roman
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There’s often a big difference in the size or proportion of the letters. Some of the more widely used fonts today take up a variety of spacing. It’s also interesting to note that the tracking is substantially different between capital and lowercase letters.

TIMES NEW ROMAN / ARIAL / GARAMOND / HELVETICA / COMIC SANS MS / COURIER
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At small font sizes, Bodoni seems to have very straight lines in all their serifs. However, as you start getting into larger font sizes, it’s clear that the serifs on the arm and crossbar of the F are actually rounded at the ends. This might be done to add weight to the serif and give the face balance.

BODONI FLF-Roman
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Chapparal Pro is considered a slab serif typeface, but it’s one of the rare Egyptian type that has brackets. On the stem, arm and crossbar, you can see very subtle brackets.

Chapparal Pro
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Candara

The F’s in Candara actually have a lot of curves; none of the lines making up the stem, arm and crossbar are straight. The lines taper in and out throughout the letter. I’m not sure if this could be considered a monoline stroke, since the weight seems different with all the curves.

Candara
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The capital F in the typeface Tw Cen MT appears to have a crossbar that is longer than the arm, which would be unusual. But if you look at it very closely (and use a straight edge) you’ll see that they are both exactly the same width. Even knowing that, I still see the larger crossbar. I wonder what causes that illusion?

TW CEN MT
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Wide Latin uses very geometrical shapes in it’s designs. Most particularly used is the triangle. You can see all the serifs in the capital F are all almost perfect shapes by hovering over the letter.

Wide Latin
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There are several typefaces that exist in which letters or numbers do not appear standard. Instead, they are rendered as symbols or pictures. Most famous of these are the Wingding Fonts created by Microsoft back in the 1990s. There are a variery of these faces from simple drawings to producing scientific symbols and lots more in-between. Hover over each sample to view the counterparts.

Arial / Symbol / Wingdings / Wingdings 2 / MS Reference Specialty / Webdings /Zapf dingbats
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Oreos

Oreos

Aardvark Cafe

Aardvark Cafe

! Pepsi !

! Pepsi !

Waltograph

Waltograph

Harry P

Harry P

Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka

FIddums Family

Fiddums Family

Star Jedi

Star Jedi

Federation Classic

Federation Classic

Rebuffed

Rebuffed

A Charming Font

A Charming Font

Thundercats

Thundercats

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People are always looking for typefaces thare are based on famous brands. With more and more typerface creation software being developed, people have created a plethora of novelty fonts based on everything from movies and TV shows to famous locations and products. These fonts are based on Oreo cookies, Hard Rock Cafe, Pepsi, Walt Disney, Harry Potter, Willy Wonka, Addams Family, Star Wars, Star Trek, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed and Thundercats. None of these ‘typerfaces’ existed before they were created for their specific product, but are widely available thanks to several amateur typeface creators.

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