5137Re: [PPLetterpress] Digital Ligatures
- Jan 1, 2006Mike
I assume this is in reference to Günter Gerhard Lange? if so. . .
Can't recall off hand. I think there was some discussion in this regard
on the Typophile forums a while back. May have had something to do with
streamlining composition systems or modernizing character sets.
I have a number of faces designed by Lange that include ligature sets
and I believe most of the Berthold fonts that I have include ligatures. (?)
Michael T. Metz wrote:
>Would you offer a snapshot of his argument?
>Could be laziness or lack of knowledge. The typesetter could also have
>turned ligatures off for tracking purposes.
>While ligatures were a necessity in the setting of most metal text type,
>they aren't necessarily considered a requirement in digital practice. In
>fact, the typographer Günter Gerhard Lange (no relation as far as I
>know), who is the Artistic Director at H. Berthold AG, is well known for
>his opposition to the use of f-ligatures.
>>For Christmas I received the book Stealing God's Thunder by Philip Dray.
>>This is a book dealing with Ben Franklin and his scientific experiments.
>>The book is a Random House publication.
>>I have a question for all you digital types. Why are these mainstream
>>publishers failing to use "f" ligatures in book typesetting? Being used
>>to setting type in metal, the use of fl, fi etc. as ligatures seems
>>commonplace to me. I have noticed this more and more in modern
>>publications. The f and l, or f and i overlap and are obviously separate
>>letters. To me a well designed page will appear an even gray to the
>>reader. Spots of black or white are distracting and show poor design on
>>the part of the typesetter or book designer unless that is the
>>objective. These spots can be used quite effectively to draw attention
>>to a particular point on the page. I am very aware of that. The black
>>spots where the f and l overlap is excessively black. BAD from my
>>perspective. It is difficult for me to see it other than laziness on the
>>part of the typesetters. Even the most basic of word processors will
>>accommodate the search and replace function. Is this just another sign
>>of the times?
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