Ways to Stress Test Typefaces
In this quick, mainly graphic orientated article wired magazine has gathered up a few examples of how some designers test out the typefaces they are working on. It is fairly interesting to see what words the designers use and why. For instance, Jesse Ragan uses the word “HAMBURGEFONTSIV” to test out his typefaces, while Berton Hasebe uses “difficult waffles.” Right away you can get a sense of the styling for both of these designers just by their choices of words.
Jesse Ragan seems to be more concerned with how well his typeface will continuously flow in a paragraph, how well the structure of his very boxy type will hold up side by side. Good examples of this within the word come within R-G-E, notice how the G has a roundish curve on its outside edges. Theses curves feel wide enough to distinguish the letter form but do not impede on the straight edges of the E following it. Throughout this type test you can see that the letter forms do in fact stand out from each other while still having a nice continuous flow.
Berton Hasebe has a slightly different approach with his style. By choosing the words “difficult waffles” you can tell that he is more concerned with the aesthetical value of the typeface and the inclusion of ligatures. By having a typeface that does have more angular serifs he creates issues such as the slight misalignment of the spur and serif on the U-L section. It also creates wonderful connections such as the spur and serif between the A-F. By squeezing these characters closer and creating such dramatic slashes within the type it allows for the easy use of ligatures such as “ffi” and “ffl.”
Every designer has their own way of trying out a typeface, some go with “A Quick Brown Fox” and some go with “Högertrafikomläggningen.” In the end these words and phrases reveal the core beliefs of the designers who create them and allow them to develop the typefaces that we use every single day.
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