Last week’s review of ligatures left me a bit confused as to the difference between standard and discretionary ligatures. Ilene Strizver on CreativePro.com gives a helpful explanation as well as some great visuals in her article “TypeTalk“.
Standard: the combining of characters for better readability
Discretionary: more decorative in nature; their purpose is primarily ornamental
I also happened upon this fun website, a collection of delightful discretionary ligatures. It makes me wonder how difficult it would be to create my own using Illustrator.