Monday, 1 October 2012


Initially I researched the definition of 'Dissect' to help inspire me before brainstorming ideas and concept.


  1. Methodically cut up (a body, part, or plant) in order to study its internal parts.
  2. Analyze (something) in minute detail.
anatomize - analyze - analyse

Source: Dictionary

This gave me more confidence about the chosen word, and really started to help me generate ideas.

I decided to research further into the idea of looking at the anatomy of a typeface, whether it be a Serif, Sans Seri, Italic or Bold font, taking into consideration the four main typeface groups.  

I looked into Type Anatomy and began to read into the accents, arches, strokes, etc which make up a typeface. For example:

1. In-stroke. 2. Stern. 3. Rounded Stroke. 4. Out-stroke. 

This was taken from Wikipedia and explains Type Anatomy in it's simplest form:

Typeface anatomy describes the graphic elements that make up printed letters in a typeface.

The strokes of a letter are the lines that make it up. Strokes may be straight, as in k l v w x z, or rounded, as in c o s. If straight, they may be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal; if rounded, open or closed. Typographers also speak of an instroke, where one starts writing the letter, as at the top of a c f, and an outstroke, where the pen leaves off, as at the bottom of c e j k t y

A main vertical stroke is called a stem. The letter m has three, the left, middle, and right stems. The central stroke of an s is called the spine. A stroke, usually a stem, which rises above the height of an x (called the x height) is called an ascender; letters with ascenders are b d f h k l. A stroke which drops below the baseline is a descender. Letters with descenders are g j p q y. An arching stroke is called a shoulder or sometimes just an arch, as in h n m. A closed rounded stroke is called a bowl in b d o p q D O P Q RB has two bowls. A trailing outstroke, as in j k y J K Q R is called a tail. A short horizontal stroke, as in the center of e f t A and the middle stroke of E F, is called a bar. A longer horizontal stroke at the top or bottom, as in E F L T, is called an arm. The bottom of the loop-tailed g is called a loop; the very short stroke at the top is called the eari j each have a dot. Angles of strokes are called apices if at the top and vertices if at the bottom. w has one apex and two vertices; v has one vertex.

The terminals (ends) of instrokes and outstrokes often end in serifs in a serif font. A serifed or unserifed terminal may be described as a wedge, bulbous, teardrop, etc., depending on the design of the type. Some designs also have spurs, which are smaller than serifs and appear on angles rather than at a terminal, as on e or G.

Areas of negative space (white space) formed by straight or rounded strokes are called counters. Closed counters are found in a b d e g o p q A B D O P Q R, and open counters in a c e f h m n r s t u. Angles of white space, as in w, are corners (w has three corners); the term is not used for angles of strokes. The small corner formed by a serif, whether rounded or angular, is called the serif bracket.. 

 I think that this information will be very useful for this brief, in terms of using the correct terminology and gaining a deeper sense of knowledge and understanding for typography.