I have always been fascinated by letters with large counters (see M.O.L.
and Demos). Experiments with legibility and ways of saving space led to
Gulliver, in which as far as I am concerned the enlargement of counters
has reached its limit. Gulliver’s x-height is extremely large (and,
as a result, its ascenders and descenders are short). Gulliver has virtually
the same vertical proportions as sans serifs like Univers (1957). The
effect is that Gulliver in 8.5-point looks just as large as a type like
Times (1932) in 10-point. Short serifs (the opposite of Swift) allow the
letters to be placed even more closely together, giving an even more economical
type. Gulliver is used for its good legibility and in newspapers it is
liked by both older and younger readers (older readers: we can read the
paper again; younger readers: the paper looks modern). Gulliver is also
sometimes used in books.
Unger, G., ‘Het zuinigste lettertype ter wereld’,
in De Gids, Vol. XIII, No. 4/5, Amsterdam, 1993
Gulliver is no longer available