As type-design always is occupied with »how to design all elements of a glyph as well as possible?«, the ‘Frgmnt’ poses the counterquestion »which elements of a glyph could be renounced?«
A starting point for this question is a study about the “Features for Identification of Uppercase and Lowercase Letters” form the university of Victoria and the university of Montréal. Basis for the experiment is the widely spread font ‘Arial’. From this font all upper- and lower-case-letters (except for umlauts, diacritical signs and nummerals) were overlaid with different blur effects and particles. The evaluation results which elements of every glyph are the most important for recognition.
Hence the ‘Frgmnt r’ – like the scientific study – evaluates the recognition of every single letter, the typeface is nearly unreadable if set in a sentence. In contrast, to approach a homogeneous appearance, the ‘Frgmnt s’ creates formal similar signs. Some like x, X or c, C are nearly identical, others like n, m and u or v and y use a equal construction. Sill others like b, d, p and q or k and K are shaped from related elements.
Both weights of ‘Frgmnt b’ and ‘Frgmnt s’ , could be set one above the other, cause both fonts are equally spaced.