- When the tool shapes the product

" ...the marking properties of a brush, reed pen, and stone engravers chisel, influenced the early form of the alphabet. The reed pen, used in ancient Rome and the medieval monastery, was held at an angle, called a cant, to the page. This produced a pattern of thick and thin strokes...

Typographic design: Form and Communication. Second chapter. By Rob Carter, Ben Day and Philip Meggs.

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