It’s natural to have an epiphany noticing the ‘little secret that only a select few knew of — something hidden under the surface or so many bodies of text, but only found by those seeking out the detail. A little bit of cherished elegance is the ligature.’
David Schwen visual of how ligatures are created
When used correctly ‘two letters are joined together to go from heinous to beautiful’. Other than some famous enduring applications of ligatures such as CNN logo they are often missed/overlooked in normal reading.
‘Simple, straight, & clean’ CNN logo, virtually unchanged for 30+years (designed in 1980, by the now deceased Anthony Guy Bost, on a shoestring budget)
I love the function of ligatures and in a strange way admire their modest, understated unification. That said it’s awesome we have fonts with so many glyphs dedicated to them, such as the splendid typeface Mrs Eaves Just Ligatures or the extensive glyphs in Esta Pro.
This post was intended to be about the most famously overlooked ligature, the ampersand — but hey, ligatures are all so alluring! To conclude, here’s a tumbler dedicated to ligatures