Type Anatomy: Jane Doe

An image of a page in Virginia Woolf's copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Virginia Woolf’s copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The typeface in this book is a humanist serif font.  It uses both upper and lower case letters.  The uppercase has a high capline that looks slightly taller than its ascender line.  The descenders do not descend very far.  There is a lot of space between the letters and punctuation marks.  The width of the type is still normal, however.  The typeface is all upright, except for a few exceptions, and on top of the baseline.  None of the lettering is heavy.  The ‘g’ and the ‘a’ letters are both double story letters.

It is a very simple and standard design typeface, which is why I found it so appealing.  It is easy to read and looks great on a page.  Easy to read typeface is essential in a book, especially one that is targeted to a younger audience.  The letters and spacing makes a huge difference in the book’s readability, which makes this so easily readable.

The other reason why I chose this typeface is for the page on the left.  The creator changed the look of the page to resemble the subject of the story, which was a mouse.  The text whips down the page like a mouse’s tail.  It is a great example of making the text an element of the story.

However, the mouse tail element makes the font less readable.  It had to be to create the tail.  The tail also changes the font size from the size it is in the book to a very small size at the end of the tail.  It does not appear anything changes about the typeface except the size due to the diminishing size of the tail.

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