let·​ter·​form | \ˈle-tər-ˌfȯrm \

Definition of letterform 

: the shape of a letter of an alphabet especially from the standpoint of design or development

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Called Stack, the font is built from stacking (clever, right?) different varieties of bricks atop one another to create blocky letterforms. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Clever new font is inspired by brick masonry," 7 June 2018 Here are a couple visual comparisons: Palatino’s letterforms are wider and slightly more rounded than Crimson Text’s. Kjell Reigstad, Longreads, "Art Director Kjell Reigstad on How We Refined Longreads’ Typography and Logo," 25 Sep. 2017

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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