Use [typefaces] when you'd use "song" (e.g. "I love that song/typeface..."), and [fonts] when you'd use "MP3" ("...so I'm going to buy the MP3/font for it").

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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 do you make a font in illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface in adobe illustrator and I would like to use it as a REAL font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in adobe illustrator or ...
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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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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 characters are good to start with when designing a typeface?

Given many characters in a typeface build on others and even just a couple of characters can reveal a lot of the features of a given typeface, what characters are good to start with when designing a ...
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How do I achieve the equivalent of using small caps in Arabic?

I have this letterhead title in Hebrew, English, and Arabic, in which I set the English to Small Caps (that is, the first letter is a big capital, the rest are small). Now, in Hebrew, the letters are ...
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Is there a typographical term for vertically-stacked characters?

I recently discovered this type technique in the July/August edition of Little White Lies Magazine. Here's an example of the typography: I wish to know, is there a term for the technique of ...
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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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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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Designing for a 6in x 9in book

I am putting a text heavy book together, 6in x 9in paper size. (Perhaps related are this and this link.) Now I look for good font pairings (nice examples are here) and margin settings and line ...
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How far back does the concept of a “bold” typeface variant go

What I'd like to know is where in history the idea of having a bold variant of a typeface came about. I suspect that back in Garamond/Caslon's time there would not have been any bold version of their ...
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Does this poster convey a “Frenchy” look?

In the brainstorming to give a visual identity to the French Language & Usage StackExchange, one of the proposals is to base the design on vintage posters such as this one: But I am afraid that ...
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visual typeface search tool

Fontshop.com used to have (at least I think it was them) a index of typefaces that you could use visual / structural specifics to search through their library of typefaces. It gave options for things ...
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What skills, techniques or methods can I use to help teach my child typography?

I'm teaching my child, who is 5, how to write and I wondered if it would be a bad idea to teach the foundations of typography and if any skills or techniques exist for children that can help show them ...
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Are there any benefits to using kerning pairs over kerning classes?

I've been learning how to use FontForge and am now getting my feet wet with kerning. I see that there are two options to do kerning: classes and pairs. To me, classes seem to have no downside. When ...
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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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How can I change the default typeface in Indesign?

When I use InDesign the text box automaticly selects Times New roman as the typeface. can I change this so it automaticly selects my brands typeface.
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Is Optima Roman or Optima Medium the Optima.ttc found in Mac OS X?

I'm currently working with a relatively small event run by volunteers and we want to be consistent across our publications. Currently we use Optima for the body text in our publications, but it's ...
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How can I extend an existing font to include punctuation and numbers?

I'm in the process of developing a site for a client, and she really likes the font Sell Your Soul for the main headings. Only problem is that it's incomplete - it doesn't contain numbers or any ...
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Typeface suggestions for both family programming and contemporary art

I work at a fairly large not-for-profit arts/cultural organization that hosts diverse activities from children's art camps to family cultural events and contemporary art/performance. We use Trade ...
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How can I create a font from my handwriting?

A quick Google search turns up many websites that claim to make a customized script font from a sample of your handwriting. How do they compare, and would you recommend any such service? Are there ...
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What are the historical origins of Helvetica?

This issue of a typeface's heritage is of particular interest when attempting to pair faces. The nuances of related faces tend to harmonize well, whether that relation is grounded in history or the ...
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Strange type behaviours, some rounded letters seem larger

I have a weird thing happening with this font. It's Avenir. I've used it in the past with no issues, but this one seems to pop up once in awhile. The issue if not obvious is that some letters appear ...
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What the name of the part of the character that holds the counters and the eyes in a stencil typeface?

Is the a name to the shape that connects the outside of a stencil letter to its interior enabling the letter to be cut through and retain its counters.
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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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Considerations when using multiple font faces (on webpage or CD cover)

I’m experimenting with fonts for learning purposes, and I noticed that using only one font type looks many times plain, but using more can easily make a mess out of my webpage and CD cover (these are ...
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Are there typographic methods of rendering a document traceable?

I seem to recall an anecdote on how one branch of the British government had designed a way to circulate seemingly identical for-your-eyes-only documents to a small circle of high-level collaborators, ...
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Typeface or font for children's signage

What are good typefaces for use with children's signage (don't say Comic sans). Im looking for something playful yet legible. By children, I mean elementary school age (and younger).
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Help Identify the Japanese and Chinese Fonts as Pictured

I'm trying to identify the fonts used in the attached images. I suspect that the Japanese sample is a Dynacomware font, but I don't see a match on FontShop. I think it’s been discontinued by the ...
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Is there a name for digits/figures which fit in the x-height?

Is there a name for a set of figures which fit into the x-height (or thereabouts) in a typeface? Lining figures explicitly do not: While old-style figures have ascenders and descenders: In the ...
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Best practice to creating distorted text?

Trying to practice better on my typographic logos I wanted to challenge myself in creating a distorted text logo but I was unaware if any practices exist when considering pre-existing fonts in regards ...
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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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Help identify or find more examples of this font

I am attempting to either "revive" or find a particular font for a project, but seeing as I found it in an old book, I have only been able to find a few examples of its usage. Using the examples ...
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Database of font information

I'm looking for a database of font information, specifically limited to those found on Linotype. For example, given the typeface CRONOS, I'd like to be able to know if it is: (sans/slab) serif? ...
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Creating typefaces and what widths to use?

I was wondering when you create a typeface do you stick to specific widths and proportions for certain letters. If so how do you got about this other than all b/d/p/q etc widths being the same how ...
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What is this table-like way of presenting fonts called?

I often find this kind of table to present a font, showing a sample of characters, the name of the font, a word (random?), and the alphabet. There's a lot of them in the Wikipedia page about the ...
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What licensing requirements are there for the use of fonts in logos?

Imagine a logo that uses only a few characters from a font… or more exactly, the vector outlines of a few characters (between 2 and 4) from a font. What are the licensing requirements for commercial ...
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Crediting a typeface in a finished work

Hey does anyone know how you are supposed to credit (if you are supposed to) the typefaces you have used in a printed work (case in point - design exhibition catalogue for my BA) I've been using ...
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What are good sites for purchasing a bulk of typefaces?

I'm a logo designer, and I'm working in a company. As a result of I'm an employee all typefaces are available for free to be used in my work and licensed to my company. Recently I'm working as a ...
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Are light type face versions simply thinner than the roman (regular) ones?

I am taking a regular version of a typeface I love and making a light version of it, and I'm wondering: Is the light version just an inset of the regular version? Are there any special ...
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Font pairing for Caslon

I'm tinkering with a small booklet that contains an ancient Buddhist sutta text and modern commentary, interweaved in a form of reading monologue: some sutta text, some commentary, more sutta text, ...
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Font conversion from (unknown file type - maybe .pfa) with .afm

I have been given a font that has a .afm file with another file that doesn't actually have a file type. I'm unsure what the file type is meant to be but, on my Mac, when it installs it, it can read ...
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CharterBT/CMSans complementary monospaced font

I am writing a technical documentation in LaTeX which will also include code listings and in-text keywords set in Monospace. After reading this post i chose a combination of CharterBT for text and ...
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Can anybody tell me which font this is?

I would like to know what font this is, or the name of a similar font.
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What font does Safe Host use for their logo?

I want to identify this font in the safehost.net logo. Can anyone assist please?
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Typefaces in which numbers look great for “sale offers” “discounts” “price tags” and stuff like that

I am looking for a typeface, no make that more than one typeface in which numbers look nice and sexy. **EDIT: By sexy I mean appealing(define:sexy@dictionary.com = excitingly appealing). I want to ...
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Issue with Calibri typeface in Photoshop CS4

I have a very instersting issue with Photoshop CS4 and the Calibri typeface that I was hoping somebody would be able to help with. Certain characters when typed next to each other produce an odd ...
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What is the correct font for Android section headlines?

The Roboto spec book shows "Black Small Caps" but it's not included in the font package. Fallback is using Black in uppercase - not ideal.
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Why does Twitter app use different fonts in two screens?

I'm sure that this is not a coincidence, that it was very well thought out by the designers of this app, but I can't seem to understand why. In the timeline, they use a sans-serif font, while in the ...