Anatomy of Type: Ascenders and Descenders

anatomy of type - ascenders

Ascenders are the parts of a lowercase letter that reach upwards, the parts that extend above the typeface’s x-height.

You can see ascenders in letters such as: b d f h k.

anatomy of type - descenders

Descenders are the parts of lowercase letters that hang downwards, the parts that extend down below the baseline.

You can see descenders in letters such as: g j p q y.

 

This article is the part of the Anatomy of Type series. To learn more about more about typography, design principals, and colour check out my Pluralsight Introduction to Design course.

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