Not too long ago I had the opportunity to take a class at the Letter Archive with San Francisco based type designer James Edmonson. The workshop was straightforward enough. Two days of nothing but learning type forms, a crash corse in serif history, and then practice practice practice.
For our final assignment we were assigned a random meaningless word. With that word we were to take two randomly generated adjectives and use only the letter forms to communicate the adjectives. Mygales was my word, and my adjectives were "fragmented" and "delicate". I utilized a double base line and double X height to show fragmentation, and then a high contrast hairlines to emphasize the delicate nature of the letterforms.