Type Anatomy: Aaché Howard-McDaniel


German imprinted bible from 1480 by Anton Koberger. Written in Latin

The example I chose to write about is a German imprinted bible from 1480, but the text is written in Latin. What caught my attention in this text were the design choices the author made. Instead of just having all of the text be the same, the author made the letters that start off new passages stand out. The letter “D” was emphasized by giving the letter a larger size, color, making it uppercase as well as adding a pattern within and around the letter. The pattern seems to be made up of “Zs,” the circular ends of the letter makes it seem like there is a face in the background of the letter creating even more of a pattern.

     While the other text mainly sits on the x-height line and the baseline, this letter reaches both the ascender and descender height lines. The bottom of the letter also overhangs slightly below the descender height line. As far as width goes, “D” is pretty wide, its almost like I can see that the letter was stretched like it was not supposed to be that wide. The emphasized letter and the other text are both serifs. Contrast is represented in “D” with the different colors that were used to create the letter and pattern in the background, while the other text has some thick and thin parts which added contrast. Another thing I noticed is the style, I was able to tell that the letter “D” and the pattern were drawn in by hand. Since the rest of the text was printed, you can tell by the overlap of the handwritten text that there was space left for this to be done. As I looked closer into the text, I could see examples of a ligature, since some of the letters connect. I’m not sure if this was a printing error or an intentional design choice made by the author.


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