Software & Apps Design The Definition of a Double-Storey in Typography by Jacci Howard Bear Writer A graphic designer, writer, and artist who writes about and teaches print and web design. our editorial process Jacci Howard Bear Updated on July 27, 2019 Learn the various parts of a letter in typography. Alicia Llop / Getty Images Design Graphic Design Photoshop Animation & Video 3D Design Tweet Share Email Among the specialized terminology that exists in typography and that is used to describe elements of individual letterforms is the term "storey." Several letters can be described as having either a single-storey or a double-storey appearance — among them are the letters a and g. What Is a Storey in Typography The double-storey a is a lowercase a that consists of a closed bowl at the bottom and a stem with a finial arm at the top hanging over the bowl and creating a partially enclosed area above the bowl. A single-storey a is a lowercase a that consists of a rounded closed bowl and a stem but no obvious finial. It is the lowercase a most of us learned when we studied cursive writing. The single-storey a is also called an "upright finial a." Other Typography Terminology A bowl on a letterform is also called the aperture. It is the enclosed circular portion of a character.A finial is the curved tail on some letters. It is also called a terminal.The stem of a character — also known as the stroke — is the main vertical line in a character. The lowercase double-storey a has all three of these elements. Type Trivia In typography, one way to differentiate true italic from faux or software-slanted fonts is by looking at the letter a. The double-storey a is usually found in upright roman fonts. Even when the accompanying roman version has a double-storey a, the true italic version usually uses a single-storey a. An italicized double-storey a is a possible sign of a faux italic.