Which typeface has a particularly well designed semi-colon?
September 29, 2009 3:49 PM   Subscribe

Which typeface has a particularly well designed semi-colon?

I'm working on a design that is built off of a semi-colon.

One stipulation:

The upper, dot part of the semi-colon must be perfectly circular—or at least close. Beyond that, I'm just looking for opinions on particularly well designed semi-colons.

Thanks, hive mind!
posted by defenestration to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Why not draw one?

It's easy enough to make one that meets your needs while also fitting in with whatever typeface you wish to match.
posted by rokusan at 3:54 PM on September 29, 2009


Gill Sans MT, although I'm not a fan of the rest of the font.
posted by sonic meat machine at 3:58 PM on September 29, 2009


That could definitely work. The entire design consists of replication of the pieces of the semi-colon, though, so I don't have to worry about matching any thing else. I just figured that altering an already well designed semi-colon would be easier than starting from scratch.
posted by defenestration at 3:58 PM on September 29, 2009


Didot. It's like a thin wafer mint.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 4:00 PM on September 29, 2009


Going just off the fonts installed on a standard Mac, the Bodoni Bold semi-colon is just about perfect. and I think even Windows comes with Bodoni.
posted by martens at 4:02 PM on September 29, 2009


Didot, and, shockingly, Times New Roman has a steady, round, practically smiling semicolon.

If it's as specific as you say, however, I suggest that you draw your own and adjust it to your needs as you go.
posted by Mizu at 4:13 PM on September 29, 2009


I like the one in New Century Schoolbook Bold. I had never previously realised how ugly most semicolons are. Honorable mentions to Papyrus (really), Stencil Regular and Times.
posted by nowonmai at 4:14 PM on September 29, 2009


Elephant. Type in some semicolons and enlarge to 144pt.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 4:22 PM on September 29, 2009


Flipping Typical might be of use here.
posted by heeeraldo at 4:57 PM on September 29, 2009 [5 favorites]


I prefer the Georgia semicolon to the TNR one; it's a little more sassy while still being a type classic that meets your criteria.
posted by DarlingBri at 5:31 PM on September 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Going just off the fonts installed on a standard Mac, the Bodoni Bold semi-colon is just about perfect. and I think even Windows comes with Bodoni.

On windows the semicolon has a square top, not a round one.
posted by kylej at 7:17 PM on September 29, 2009


I have a semicolon tattoo. After weeks of poring through typefaces, I drew my own: at the size I wanted it, all the standard versions either had too-weird tails or the indents looked too bitten-off and square. So you probably just want to draw it.
posted by dame at 8:14 AM on September 30, 2009


From Flipping Typical I like Hoefler text.
posted by Brainy at 1:17 PM on October 11, 2009


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