Type Anatomy: Julia Midkiff

This sample of typeface from the book Printing of To-day features a very curvy and decorated cursive style that has both uppercase and lowercase letters. The simpler letters, such as m, r, t, and v, are contain small serifs while letters like d, s, and y are more extravagant in their overall shapes. The x-height is very short in comparison to the long ascenders and descenders of the f, h, g, y, w, d, and b letters. All of the letters are fairly geometric in their bodies, consisting of both straight lines and very rounded curves, but the ascenders, descenders, and the way that letters like h and s drop below the baseline give it a slight organic feel.

The uppercase letters are much curvier and more organic in comparison to the lowercase letters, and interestingly most of them drop below the baseline. For example, the body of the P in Peronnik has a body that takes up all of the space above the baseline and the tail extends down below it. Typically we see that only in the lowercase p. The uppercase are also much wider and spacious feeling while the lowercase letters are very compressed, especially seen in the word “narrative”. The font feels very bold overall due to the little contrast between thin and thick lines, and it has a predominately upright posture (with the exception of h and t) which gives the typeface a very strong and firm presence despite it’s curvy decorations that extend from the geometric bodies. We can also see an example of parenthesis used in this sample, which are very angular and match more with the style of the lowercase letters.


Printing of to-day: an illustrated survey of post-war typography in Europe and the United States by Oliver Simon, 1928

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