Old English



Why did I ever get dragged into discussing politics and economics? They are important but, let’s face it, boring.

Here is a far more interesting question: why do type designers always create such hideous upper-case thorns? On the extreme left of the illustration above is a capital thorn. It is not very elegant but at least the bowl doesn’t run nearly the whole height of the letter. Below are the lower- and upper-case thorns from Minion Pro. See how squat and bulbous the upper-case letter is. What it is crying out for is a descender (at least in fonts such as Minion which have a descending letter J).