Letters – in the world of calligraphy and type – come in families. There should be a resemblance to the one next to it because legibility is measured by the repetition of similar patterns and shapes. When a letter doesn’t resemble one next to it, reading comprehension is lowered – it takes longer for the eye to recognize the negative shape of one letter if it isn’t in the family of its surrounding forms.
I’m not trying to make a family of letters to be put together to make words flow together, easily read.
My exercise has been to focus on each letter as if it were independent of its day job. These letters stand (mostly) alone in their finest or most outrageous garb.
Maybe they’re a little skittish, or excited or they might be understated and simple.
I come to the page and watch them develop in front of my eyes, like a dresser that is guided to do their bidding.