discussion: design of bent fingers

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GOOGLEMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 13 21:58:50 UTC 2013

Hi Valerie and sw-friends, 


I would like to ask for your comments about the following issue.


Within our delegs-projekt a group of specialized design-students have a
second look at the various SW-symbols. From their point of view there are
options to “improve” the design of some symbols in order to make the whole
SW-symbol-font look more “modern” or “nice”


While preparing some studies of the ongoing process they showed up with the
question whether the bent index can be written with smooth curves as well
showing the index finger bent as you designed it as a finger with sharp





I played around with the signmaker to create a little demo of what I am
talking about.  ;-)) 



Interesting question – so I looked carefully at the Symbolset and discovered
that the “claw hand”  is designed exactly this way  (rounded lines for the

On the other hand the hands with only one, two or at least three fingers
show this other design with sharp 90° angles. 


Can you tell us: Is this a matter of history? Coming from the old
“DOS-SW-Software – we could not write nice circles either. You know this
“old symbol” just indicating that you are supposed to see a circle-movement
shown as some dots in a circle. 


What about this difference between a clawhand with curves or the same hand
written with edges? 





Is there any meaningful difference in the background that you would want us
to know?   Or is this a matter of artwork? ... or  something else? 


Would it be any difference if we would write all these bent fingers with
soft rounded lines? 


Thank you very much for your attention. 


All best 





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