For some time I have tried to get a reliable information about the individual parts of the characters of the alphabet. The anatomy of type if you like. It was not so easy to find online. Still I found some and then some in various books.
The problem however is I did not find any one source I was fully satisfied with. Each one had some names missing which the others had and so on..
I collected all this info together and put in one as complete as I could. A second problem was to find a typeface that included everything. I finally gave up. It’s really hard to squeeze everything in. The ones that seemed to fit the best like Times for instance I didn’t want to use and some I wanted to use didn’t have all the major part names.
I finally decided to use a two beautiful and also free fonts, Tallys and Museo by Jos Buivenga. Some of the definitions I put in are maybe on the borderline, but not seriously I think. Take for instance a look at the crossbar in the ffi-ligature. The name there is Crossbar or Hairline. In this font it’s not quite a hairline but closer to a crossbar. Also the terminal drop on the r. I am taking a little chance there – the definition probably has more of a drop form in mind.
Another little one: Where the definitions are two lines they are read from top down and then to right. This is to keep the definitions in columns and not to spread them directly over each letter. See, like the g in Typography; Loop refers to the g but Drop to next letter, r. I hope it is not too confusing.
Finally: Be my guest and download this Anatomy of Type in the form of a wallpaper or desktop picture which you can keep and use on your computer. Free, of course. I trust that you tell everyone where you got it.
You can download it here: Font Anatomy Wallpaper