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Is it possible to render readable screen type at a size of 3px?

I just created an icon in fireworks with a size 17*15 (which is small) and when i try to label the icon the minimum size of the text is 8 pixels which is very big . I want to have a label with text ...
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What font is used in the Best Western Hotels logo?

I'm interested in making a joke t-shirt for a friend that changes the text on the "Best Western" logo. Does anyone know what font that is (pictured below), or what font most closely simulates it? ...
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Thick “Initial” font, with a particular “S”

I want wondering if anyone knew of any commercial-free fonts where the "S" doesn't curve down, but instead the ends go horizontally? I'm having a hard time searching for something with that kind of ...
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Sans-Serif font suggestions for small (11pt), bold, uppercase heading text

I need some suggestions for a sans-serif font to use as a Heading/Label. I'm looking at small 11pt text, which is all uppercase and bold. I'm writing my app using WPF on Windows XP and none of the ...
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Which font should I use when I do not have a lot of real estate , and anti-aliasing turned off

I have been developing a lot of Windows 7 gadgets lately. The max suggested height and width are 400x400 but ideally 300x400 is the area I develop a gadget in. Now a lot of rendering is being done in ...
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Building hand-written fonts for lettering

I am looking to build a custom font from my handwriting for lettering a comic. what professional tools exist to build such a font and export it into one of the mainstream formats (TTF, OpenType, or ...
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Guidelines for logos using multiple typefaces

I was wondering there were any helpful guidelines and/or tips for designing logos with multiple fonts. It seems to be a dangerous area to enter into, but can lead to some great results. Often times ...
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What font does bitly use in their logo?

What font is used in this logo? Editor's note: while this was their logo at the time this question was written, bit.ly have since adopted a new logo.
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How can I automatically determine multiple fonts used in a single image?

I am looking for a tool that I can give it an image filled with different fonts and it will give me their font type. I know of this tool: http://new.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ Thing with this ...
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Popular serif and sans-serif browser compatible font combinations?

I was curious as to which combinations of serif and sans-serif fonts are preferable to use that are compatible with most browsers. While I am aware that with the introduction of CSS3 importing ...
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Improper kerning in iOS app, using Helvetica Neue

I think I'm posting this question in the proper SE site, as it pertains more to designers than programmers. I developed an iOS app with a programmer (I'm the artist), and we're using Helvetica Neue. ...
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What is the name of this semi-slab serif font?

Could anyone tell me what this font is on the following images? It looks like Courier but it is not.
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Which hand-drawn/calligraphic style font is used in this restaurant logo?

I need some fontphiles! Which font is being used for the restaurant name? Any ideas? I'm sorry the image is so small, it's the best one I could fine. Apologies if this is not the right SE to ask ...
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Font Substitution in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I'm creating a custom PDF catalog by grabbing pages from other companies PDFs (this is allowed, no legal issues!)... I'm having problems though because I do not have the same fonts installed on my ...
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What font is used in this web app's menu button?

I am software developer on a legacy web application project. We have a menu bar whose buttons are a combination of an icon and some descriptive text. I am currently adding a new feature, and it ...
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Visually similar alternatives to Helvetica?

I'd like to use something similar-but-different for my poster project. I've already ruled out: Arial Avant Garde/Futura - too geometric Frutiger - too humanist /'friendly' I guess I'm looking for ...
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What font is used in HBO's 24/7 series

I really like the brushed black & white font used during the intro to HBO's 24/7 series. Any guesses as to what it might be? EDIT: In response to Phil's answer, 'Impact' isn't quite it. ...
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What is the font used in the logo of Stack exchange beta sites?

I am quite curious.. I already have seen it elsewere and I like it.
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What are the differences between Helvetica and Arial?

I've heard there are a number of slight differences between these two similar fonts, is one better than the other for different contexts?
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In What Situations Am I Required to License Fonts From Its Original Creator?

In what situations am I required to license fonts from its original creator? For example, if I design a poster or a card for personal use and I use a font I have downloaded online or have paid for the ...
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Do I need to license fonts included with my OS?

I've noticed that most custom fonts include a license.txt file that requests some amount of money for a commercial license. I am interested in whether it is also necessary to license OS (Mac/Windows) ...
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where do you get your type inspiration or how do you decide for the right type?

I was wondering where do you guys get your inspiration for Type and How you decide the right Type Face for your projects. thanks!
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FOSS Font editing or creation tools for windows

What are the best free or open source font editing/creation tools available for free on the Windows platform?
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How can I automatically determine fonts used in an image or PDF?

How is it possible to determine the fonts used by text in PDF and TIFF files?
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Web Safe Alternative to Myriad Pro Font?

Is there any font that I can use in my font stack that is more or less similar to Myriad Pro and web safe?
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How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?

What is the difference between these fonts, and what are some typical examples of why one might be used over another?
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What are good sources for Open-Source fonts?

What are good sources for Open-Source fonts? Note that by "Open-Source" I don't mean only free, but truly "open, free to modify and published under an Open Source license" fonts. These are still very ...
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Where can I find good filigree? [closed]

I don't have the skills necessary to create filigree elements myself. Where can I find some pre-existing ones (preferably vectors or fonts)?
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Font-face loaded on Windows look really bad. Which fonts are you using that render better?

EDIT: The problem was that I did not have "Cleartype" turned on in my settings on Vista. This question may not have much meaning if you have Cleartype is installed/enabled on Windows OS. A new ...
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What are standard ratios for typography on the web?

In laying out a web design, I often try to make sure that my typography is proportional and consistent. However, I haven't been able to find any definitive articles or resources on what ratios and ...
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What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?

I've always found font selection to be a little bit of a mystery. What factors should be considered when choosing a font? How does one successfully incorporate two fonts into a design? I realize that ...