David Jonathan Ross designed Fit with straight lines on all sides so that its compact shapes would be eminently stackable. He made the letterspacing—the horizontal spacing between the letters—identical to the fine lines that form the inside shapes. The vertical spacing, however, is defined by the user. The trick to achieving beautiful stacking lies in determining which value to use for the linespacing. There are two ways to do this. One is to have the distance between the lines of text exactly match the width of the lines inside and between the letters. But Ross suggests another solution: he prefers to make the linespacing closer to the wordspace.
A prerequisite for determining good linespacing is knowing the height of the letters. Unless you activate the stylistic set containing extending accents, all letters in Fit will have the same height: precisely three-fourths of the point size. So if you set Fit at 160 points, for example, the letters will be 120 points high. Or if you need the letters to be exactly 100 points high, set Fit at 133.33 points.
But then you still have to add the width of the fine lines inside the characters to achieve that striking typographic maze effect. Throughout all widths of Fit, these lines are 1.6% of the point size. That means you need to specify the linespacing as 76.6% of the point size—so for example, 72 × 0.766 = 55,152-point linespacing for 72-point type.
If your text has several words per line, you can also choose to have the spacing between lines of text approximate the wordspacing. This improves readability. Logically, the distance between words increases slightly as the letters grow wider. The wordspacing in Fit ranges from 3.2% for Skyline, the narrowest width, over 5.4% for the Regular width, to 8.4% for Ultra Extended, the heaviest weight. For example, the linespacing needs to be 79.3% of the point size for Fit Condensed—so 128 × 0.793 = 101,504-point linespacing for 128-point type. I’ve added a handy cheat sheet to help you find the exact value for every Fit variation.
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