Thursday, May 10, 2012

Whispering Giant vs. Petite Elite (Tiny Typeface Contest)

So, you may recall the Swissa Jeunesse with 20 cpi typeface I posted on a few weeks ago. Well, Peter B. wanted to see how the typeface matched up against his own Whispering Giant with 17 cpi, so he sent me a bit of text he had typed so we could see both side by side. The results were surprising:


As you can see, while the Swissa crowds more letters onto a line, thus boosting their cpi count, the Remington is wider-spaced and it looks like the characters might even be smaller.


8 comments:

  1. Fantastic! But how big is a quarter?

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    1. Good question, Florian! It is just about the size of a CHF 1 coin (just 1mm bigger).

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  2. Yeah, what are you doing with quarter?!
    Hey, I have an idea - I'll mail you a dime! That'd be fun.
    (Oh, I'm just being silly. But that is some seriously small type.)

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    1. Haha, I still have a small collection of U.S. coins from when I lived there several years ago... and yes, I definitely have nickels and dimes too :)

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  3. Great comparison. I like your teeny tiny little 20 c.p.i. the best.

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  4. Thanks for posting this so quickly! It is very interesting to see them together. It's surprising how tall the Swissa's letters are! I think this would be a fun thing to continue and expand - perhaps with script or book types, or go from small to large, ending up at some of the "speech notes" typers.

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    1. I like the small to large idea! I have been thinking of a typeface comparison post anyway, since I've gotten in a few more since my last. Sometime this summer I plan to get around to it...

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  5. What fun! They really are both very tiny typefaces.

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