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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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How to identify jpeg, curved bitmap fonts on CorelDraw X4 and X7?

I have tried "what's my fonts" on Corel DRAW X4 and X7 but the whats my font wont show. So what re the other ways that i can really identify fonts? Thanks Christian Friday.
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Why don't upper case numbers exist?

Capital letters add a lot to text in various ways, for names, brands, emphasis (although capitalisation for emphasis is frowned upon) Why then, are there no upper case numbers?
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1976 TRW Defense and Space Systems Group font

Is there a freely available rendering of the font used in this Paper? Is it some "standard" typewriter font used in 70s by any chance?
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Fonts question [need help] [duplicate]

I have been reading around and trying to find a solid answer about Fonts and their Licensing. What I don't understand is what type of license do I get with software such as my Mac, and CS6, Office, ...
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Is there research on the preference of sans-serif fonts in printed text for Western European countries?

According to an answer on: How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other? For print, in the U.S., body copy is usually set in serif, while in Europe it's ...
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What are the various fonts / typefaces used here? [closed]

I love kinetic typography, and the latest video by David Guetta, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO9THtRWb2s uses it in an interesting way. Instead of just using text as a 2D element, they've made ...
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Sticker font - what is it?

Searched a number of tools both automatic and manual and can't identify what this font is. Closest I came were an OCR (but the numbers were wrong) or New Letter Gothic - but that didnt have matching ...
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Webfont alternatives to Gotham

The Brand Guidelines have specified the use of Gotham and Arial as the typeface, and I can see that in the past people have had various experiences with using Gotham on the web. Instead of using ...
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What makes a font a “gothic” font?

It’s easy to find lots of fonts with gothic in their names. But what makes a typeface a “gothic” typeface?
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When are typefaces considered conflicting with each other?

I have been reading a lot about font pairing lately, but I’m still missing to identify when fonts don’t complement and contrast with each other, instead they clash. An example that I've read was ...
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What are the symmetry-in-pair symbols usually appear in Wingdings fonts? [duplicate]

For example, in Wingdings font: What is the symbols in boxes used for? I have checked the wiki pages of Wingdings, List of symbols, Ampersand and Unicode/List of useful symbols, but I can't find ...
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Libre font databases with fine-grained faceted search

I'm having difficulty finding suitable libre typefaces. Some sites, like Google Fonts, provide a small amount of faceted searching (or search filtering, if you prefer), but I haven't found any sites ...
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Problems looking for a specific sans-serif typeface

I've had a peek at your question guidelines, it looks like my question is on-topic. I really have no idea how to even research this problem, as my butchery of typography terminology will now ...
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What is the difference between a font and a typeface?

Originally, the typeface is a particular design of type, while a font is a type in a particular size and weight. In short, a typeface usually gathers many fonts. Nowadays, with the digital design of ...
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There is any font which have same from centerline

I'm Prasann. I'm Graphic Designer ("Fresher"). I'm Designing my portfolio right Now. I'm creating Box to Put All Things(Brochure, Business card, etc.) into. in Box Design i need to Split the Fonts ...
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Where do professional designers “go” to look for typefaces?

I'm just reading The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams and am very impressed how on almost every page, Ms. Williams seems to "pull out" some beautiful typeface which I've never heard of. ...
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What's name of this font which I can't find on what the font? [closed]

Quick question, I couldn't find the name of this font even on WhatTheFont. Here's an image: Thanks in advance!
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Advice about expanding a wordmark into a full typeface - best practices for shoulders in letters

Does anyone know of typefaces where the lowercase r has a shoulder, but the lowercase n does not? I've done a custom mark and it fits these requirements, but I'm confused as to how to expand the mark ...
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Is there anyway to convert all texts to outlines in Sketch App?

I was using Sketch to make a cover photo, and there are many words in it. I have to convert every text to online, so I have to open layer folders and select each text in it by myself. Is there any ...
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Why does Consolas scale so well on Windows?

I was trying to make a font from scratch. I always admired Consolas and I wanted a clean style similar to it. The problem is that my font doesn't scale as well as Consolas. This is an example of my ...
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To use Myriad pro on website, but light or other?

Sorry for my english and for my question.. (I don't know more about font) I would like to change the font on my website. I like "san francisco font" but is impossible to use it. Other option is ...
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Keeping track of outlined fonts in Illustrator

I'm interested in best practices for keeping track of typefaces in an Illustrator project once the text is converted to outlines. Is information hidden somewhere I don't know about? I sometimes keep ...
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Is there a term for roman-type Arabic numerals?

There are Roman numerals and Arabic numerals (perhaps more accurately Indo-Arabic numerals) and there also are three main branches of typefaces for the Latin alphabet: roman type, blackletter and ...
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What is wrong with Comic Sans?

There's a great TEDxExeter talk by a colleague of mine, Simon Peyton-Jones, about the recent advances in the English lower school 'computer science' curriculum. Like all of his slide decks he uses ...
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Typeface with little space needs for package design

I got a package-design job where I am a bit stuck in a problem, and this is it: The company must (due to legal things) display an enormous amount of text on the design. The space I have for the ...
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Recognizing font differences

I’m making a flyer in Adobe InDesign. I’ve studied InDesign on my own, but I still need to learn about typography. I want to learn how to recognize fonts differences, e.g., in the following: Are ...
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Double space acceptable after period before abbreviated title?

It seems accepted amongst typographers that the double space after a period is a dated artifact of monospace typewriters, but is it acceptable to use a double space in between sentences like: I ...
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The selection and use of typefaces for the non-designer

I am looking for a short, concise resource that will help me better choose and use typefaces. I think the ideal resource would have a thoughtfully chosen list of about a dozen of the most important ...
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Is HelveticaNeue a good web/e-mail typeface if it can successfully embedded? [closed]

I need to send some professional/commercial e-mails, my design currently look like this: Helvetica, have a very large use in Printing and from wikipedia: Miedinger and Hoffmann set out to create a ...
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Are there “bi-form” fonts that don't have descenders?

Is there a font that displays the entire image of each and every one of the 52 English alphabet shapes ➝ and ➝ above (on) the baseline? Clarification: Examples of shapes that ...
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Will typeface design ever “stop”?

This mainly refers to serif and sans serif typefaces used for everyday body text, not "wacky" display typefaces. I've been looking at a lot of typefaces today and it occurred to me that there are SO ...
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How can I create a batch action/macro to show lots of different typefaces to a client"?

I have prepared a logo for a client and for the typeface I want to just change the type and show him a prepared version of maybe 50 different typefaces that can go alongside the logo? (Alternatively, ...
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How to determine a typeface's origin and whether I have a license?

I am currently working on the cover of a book. I'd really like to include the typeface Rockwell Extra Bold which is installed on my system. However Rockwell Extra Bold seems not to be installed ...
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Page header/footer in sans-serif font; body in serif?

I want to use for chapter titles/section a sans-serif font and for the normal text a serif font. To be consistent: Should page header/footer then be seen as section text (sans-serif) or body ...
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Is Marcellus a serif font?

I was searching for serif fonts on Google Fonts and happened across Marcellus. However, if I were shown it out of any context, I'd call it a sans-serif font. I can see small hits of what might be ...
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Alternative to font “x” chart or service?

I have a number of typefaces for which I'd like to find free or open licence alternatives to. Rather than ask a series of "What is the best open license font to substitute for 'Goudy Catalogue'? ...
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What is so good about Helvetica?

For as long as I have known, a majority of designers have been beyond enamoured with Helvetica. While I can see that it's a nice typeface, I really don't understand the hype. Some research into the ...
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OpenType Features - Adaptable typefaces

I have a typeface I've developed that comes in two variations, one spans horizontally whilst the other vertically. At the moment they sit as two OTFs. What I would like to do is create an OpenType ...
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What properties should a typeface or font for children's signage have while still being playful?

I am looking for a typeface for use with children's signage (don't say Comic sans). I'm looking for something playful yet legible. By children, I mean elementary school age (and younger). What a re ...
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“Serifs improve fast, easy readability for long text” - myth or truth?

It's an old question, but an important one. Let's see if we can get a good, nuanced, ideally evidence-based answer. So, old-school wisdom (certainly, how I was taught back in the day) says that serif ...
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How to choose the “right” font size for a given page

I asked a similar question in TeX.SE and I am not 100% happy with the answers. I find it strange that there's no standard formula that yields the "right" font size given the page's size. Therefore, ...
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What advantages/disadvantages do specific font formats have for print production?

Fonts can be purchased or downloaded in several formats: TrueType OpenType Postscript Type 1 Postscript Type 3 Multiple Masters I realize that OpenType and TrueType are universal formats which ...
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What things should I consider when using my own custom fonts on a client's project?

When creating printed media for a corporation/legal entity, what exactly should I consider when using my own, personally created and designed, fonts?
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How use ' helvetica neue condensed bold' in logo

I used helvetica neue condensed bold in a logo project. Now I need to deliver the original files with font. The font was free but not licensed. If necessary I will buy it before sending files but I'm ...
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Is there software for comparing fonts side-by-side?

Is there an application (or website) that allows you to select multiple fonts from a list and displays Lorem ipsum side-by-side for test purposes?
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Help identifying this newspaper font

I am trying to find the fonts used in the following Logo for the Swiss newspaper "La Liberté". I've been trying to use whatthefont.com, but haven't had much success.
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Which of these font communicates “luxury products” better?

We are about to create a new luxury fashion brand. We researched many trademark logos, and saw they use different font types. We cannot decide between the two different fonts below. We target people ...
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Predefined SVG paths for character forms

In order to avoid to align more than 100 circles manually I'd like to automatically align them on a path which has the form of a character. Can I find predefined paths somewhere for those characters? ...
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Term for upward slant of horizontals in a typeface

I've noticed that in a lot of typefaces simulating upright hand lettering, the horizontal strokes slant upward. In Comic Sans and Comic Neue, this slant is especially visible on the crossbars of ...