A closer look at the two designs reveals further idiosyncrasies and perceived deviations from their respective classifications and approaches. Crucially, they both demonstrate varying degrees of geometric and humanist form and tone. For example:
⁕ The proportions of Johnston’s «E», «F», and «L» are wider than traditional calligraphic models. Futura, on the other hand, adheres more closely to Roman proportions than Johnston.
⁕ The strokes of both Futura and Johnston are near mono-linear, however, Futura demonstrates greater finesse in optical balance.
⁕ The open and slightly extended aperture of Johnston’s «C» is distinguished by vertical terminals, not dissimilar to Futura’s version. The former represents an expression of cursive writing, while the latter comes across as a more severely ‘cut’ geometric form.
⁕ In contrast to the open aperture of Johnston’s «C», the perpendicular terminals of Johnston’s «S» create a more closed form – as does Futura’s.