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    Default Typewriter font with ligatures?

    My wife and I are presently reading a book, The Silence by Don Delillo. The book is designed by a very trendy outfit in New York http://paulsahre.com/

    The book which is very short is set entirely in what looks similar to American Typewriter. But the designer has used ligatures. I have to wonder, he is a youngish designer, if he even realizes that typewriters did not have ligatures or if he just automatically had ligatures enabled as a default setting.

    Sticks out like a hog on a sofa to me but probably not to a generation that have never known typewriters.

    Attached is an example I did with American Typewriter.
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    Default Re: Typewriter font with ligatures?

    Naw, the mechanical typewriter has just never been serviced and the ribbon is leaky.
    Or even a custom-made manual typewriter with extra ligature keys...

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    Default Re: Typewriter font with ligatures?

    Quote Originally Posted by gwpriester View Post
    ... I have to wonder, he is a youngish designer, if he even realizes that typewriters did not have ligatures or if he just automatically had ligatures enabled as a default setting. ...
    Certain OpenType features are suppose to be enabled as a default per the OT Specification, standard ligatures being one such feature.

    So, the question to me would be: Did the designer make a conscious choice to leave the feature turned on?

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    Default Re: Typewriter font with ligatures?

    My guess is Mike, after looking at his photo, mid-30s maybe, the thought never occurred to him.
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    Default Re: Typewriter font with ligatures?

    His wife is no slouch either. She is a partner at Pentagram, one of the best design firms in the world. I bet she would know to disable ligatures if she were using a typewriter font.
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    Default Re: Typewriter font with ligatures?

    He's probably very flattered by "mid-30s" since he was born in 1964 - Making him 56-57.
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    Default Re: Typewriter font with ligatures?

    Maybe he used an old photo of himself?
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    Default Re: Typewriter font with ligatures?

    Quote Originally Posted by gwpriester View Post
    His wife is no slouch either. She is a partner at Pentagram, one of the best design firms in the world. I bet she would know to disable ligatures if she were using a typewriter font.
    Artistic freedom.

 

 

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