(4/7) I ♥ Typographic Symbols: Ligatures

Continuing on with my series of typographic symbols… Ligatures.

Ligature in typographic terms, refers to the purposeful joining of two letters to create a single glyph. A ligature is something you see in your reading everyday, but probably never noticed. Common ligatures include fi or fl. Most everyday ligatures are used to solve a letterspacing issue, while other ligatures are used for languages to create specific sounds. Examples include: aesc, eszett, and ethel (Æ æ ß Œ œ)


“Typography makes at least two kinds of sense, if it makes any sense at all. It makes visual sense and historical sense.” –Robert Bringhurst

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