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Glyph: Z Name: Z Unicode: 005A

Latin Capital Letter Z

2017-10-30 Week 44/2017 posted by RFI

Z is one of the few glyphs for capital letters that lean on a less frequently used but still widely understood alternative character model with a tail below (the other ones are: G, J, Q and Y).

It has a matching design in its lowercase counterpart – z –, which is the only small letter to feature a tail against convention. Both these forms have a bit of an old-timey feel in Latin script as they became to be mostly associated with antiquated cursive and blackletter styles.

In Minima, the tailed forms sit very comfortably next to hard antiqua glyphs, though. While Minima mainly uses modern humanist forms as a reference, it also inherits – in unusual ways – key characteristics of cursive and blackletter scripts. Besides the tailed letters, these include the very black appearance and the presence of diagonal fractures within characters.

[ZzZzZz. Neo-Grotesk, Minima, Schwabacher Fraktur. Festival tents, sky. Heavily edited and colored photo. Southside 2005.]

Genetic material from different script branches is the lifeblood of Minima.

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