i need help with my typography class?
properly weighted small caps and fractions
PROPORTION IS KEY when using small caps and
fractions. Shortcuts to their creation provided by design
software may seem easy, but any comparison of “fake” small
caps or slapped-together fractions with the real thing will
immediately reveal the difference. Properly weighted small
caps are slightly wider and slightly weightier in addition to being shorter; this allows them to exist harmoniously within
the tonal density of the surrounding text. Similarly, properly
weighted (and constructed) fractions are also slightly wider
and slightly weightier, and the spaces on either side of their
slashes are calibrated by the type designer to match the
spacing in text type. and it gives this example
what the hell does this mean?
- cynicdesignLv 49 years agoFavorite Answer
It means you can't just take a capital letter and shrink it down and call that a smallcap.
If you just shrink it down the height will go down, like you want. But the lines will become thinner too. True small caps have the same line weights as the capitals.
Think of it as if you were writing letters with a pen. If you write a large capital letter, then a small capital letter next to it, the line weights will be the same even though the letters are different sizes.Source(s): cynicdesign.deviantart.com