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There's a lot of info online on how the long s (ſ) was used in past spelling, but not a lot about why it appears in the alternate forms it does, and what the expectations are today in modern type design if and when (rarely ever) its included or used. I've linked a few samples below, including ligatures ( long s+small roman s, which is often mistaken for the Esszett) for reference (nb. the normal ff ligature is included in comparison to the ſſ ligature). The alternation between Regular & Italic is of course the descender, which follows the same change as the lowercase 'f' between Regular & Italic. The inconsistent aspect which I'm highly curious about, and for which no apparent explanation is available to me, is the left-hand bar which appears on some typefaces, and not on others, or features only in either the Italic or Regular of the given type. What are your thoughts on these reasons? And on good design for the long s?
Hello all for the last 2 months I've been in the process of creating my first font. I started by sketching out all my letters, punctuation and numbers in an art program called artrage. Then I exported my artrage file to illustrator and I've spent most of the last 2 months tweaking,fixing and perfecting every character. I've had many feelings of doubt and uncertainty throughout this whole process, but the one part I feel totally uncertain about is creating special characters. (ligatures, uncommon symbols, and everything past the basic alphabet. I don't even know where to begin. I know this part isn't necessary for a beginner, but I want my first font to be successful and possibly have selling potential, so I'm willing to do what it takes. My biggest questions are: there are thousands of symbols/special characters-Which ones should I focus on/which ones can I leave out? Do I have to create each of these individiually just as I did with the other characters? Is there a special feature or tool that makes this part easier? Please help and bare with my noobish questions as I am new to the specifics of font design Thanks everyone