Questions about the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible. Text is composed to create a readable, coherent, and visually satisfying whole.

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Typographic character to 'fill' a white space ; is asterism ⁂ right?

In a printed technical publication, I need to present a large double-pages illustration on the same double-page than its explanatory paragraph. Doing so, I had to insert a page break at the end of the ...
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Should text indent be used on the web?

I thought of adding text indent to my website (-having the first line of paragraphs indented), but first searched a bit, and discovered that many sites do not have any text indent. Why is that? I ...
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Please help me identify this chinese font! [closed]

Please help me identify this Chinese font - I have tried all the websites provided and some of them don't show Chinese fonts. Thank you!
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Typesetting and book page layout using pen and paper

I have seen a lot of sketches of rough design for graphic design projects. But if one has to design text size, alignment, etc. is pen and paper a good way to plan? If yes, how do people do it? Do ...
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What are differences between digitalized versions of Sabon typeface by different foundries?

Linotype, Monotype, Adobe... There are many versions of Sabon available for choice. What are differences, and then is there any one better than others?
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Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?

Since graphic or web designers focus on typography and different ways to treat the typeface, can we call them typographers? Graphic and web designers spend significant time on choosing the typeface, ...
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Poem indent every second and third line [closed]

Is there a way, in InDesign, to indent every second and third line in a poem to look like this?!
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Looking for feedback on kerning and custom type treatment

Working on a logo wordmark for a pasta fast food chain. They wanted something very simple and typographic. There will be a little grunge treatment after this but i first want to get the kerning and ...
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Ideal letter spacing on signage – tight or loose?

Now I’m not sure if large signs should be kerned like normal sized type on a page. If they need a bit of tweaking, should you tighten the kerning and tracking or loosen it? I know generally small ...
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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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What are the best ways to represent different sections of text in one banner?

I am tasked with creating banners for individual lecture series. I need to display the topic of the talk, the name of the talk as well as the lecturer. Sometimes the date as well. It looks strange ...
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How is color used in document design?

What kinds of problems are faced when designing documents that the use of color is often a solution to? What kinds of problems are faced when actually using color in documents? I'm trying to ...
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Which font is the quickest to read? Which font is the least misread? [closed]

Are there scientific experiments, measurements on these? Which fonts make you read certain words twice, sometimes letter by letter? Fonts might also differ in how tiring they are for the eyes and ...
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Indicate that text is a proper noun (such as a product name)

How do I indicate that certain words are a product name (in cases where it's not obvious)? "Delightful apple cake" is excellent. Delightful apple cake is excellent. Delightful apple cake is ...
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What font characteristics are associated with luxury and wealth?

There's a lot about color theory but not as much about type theory. For example silver, gold, black, deep purple are often associated with luxury and wealth. What charactertics should a font have to ...
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How to “fit frame to content” with overset text, to a single line in InDesign

I would like for when I choose "fit frame to content" on a text box with overset text, the frame width is adjusted to fit the remaining text, rather than the height. The image should visually explain. ...
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When designing for vehicle wraps, how do I align the baseline for type?

I was looking for a rule or study that could help define how one would design text for a vehicle wrap. I've noticed that some wrap a vehicle based on the vehicle's contours but some wraps' designs ...
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Illustrator: Edit text in multiple text boxes at the same time

I have two text boxes that I need to have identical text, but in different fonts. Is there any way I can edit only the text content of both at the same time (keeping the fonts different).
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When should I use a condensed font?

I was advised to post this question from User Experience (UX) to this site instead. Assuming I always have enough space to write what I need to write, and I never get into a position like ...
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How to add the white lines in the letters in Photoshop?

Please see the attached image, how to add the white lines in the letters in Photoshop?
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Logo design process templates & tools, multiple font test tool

I'm trying to find resources to complete, improve and/or make easy the logo design process using templates based in grids and so on. One of the things I'm trying to find is a webtool or software that ...
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Illustrator: How to make small balls (objects) wrap around text

I am going to try and explain this as best as I can. Image you carve out white wax letter and put them in a cereal bowl and then roll a couple of really small balls in there, they will shape around ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

I really like writing encouraging letters to my friends every so often. Writing them by hand makes them feel a lot more personal, but I am always hesitant to do so because my handwriting has always ...
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What font style pairs well with geometric fonts and why?

It seems to me that geometric fonts pair well with most serif fonts and some humanist sans-serifs since they are of considerable contrast, but I don't have a lot of experience with them. Does anyone ...
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What's the name of this kind of typography combining multiple words into a shape?

I need to know the exact name of below typography technique or the phrase designers use to mention these kinds of artworks. Is there any app or online service to make such images?
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How to bend text to create a typography portrait in illustrator?

Trying to create a self portrait, I've already tried Envelope Distort---> Make with Mesh as I saw in the article link below, but the text gets distorted when I just want it to bend alone. Can you tell ...
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Where can I find some good low contrast calligraphy and script fonts?

It seems that lot of the scripts and calligraphy font I see have very high contrasts. So I wondering if there are any ones that have medium or low contrast (paid or free fonts). Low contrast uses ...
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When designing a latin-based typeface, how are diacritics handled?

I was looking into designing a font that could include characters with diacritics but outside of knowing any other language besides English I was unsure if there was a reference or method designers ...
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What does “Attribution” mean exactly when using downloaded fonts?

The fonts that are free for commercial use are sometimes under Creative Commons licenses, such as CC BY-ND 3.0, which require you to give attribution to the creator. Does this mean you have ...
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Making annotations in figures of the same font size as main text

What is the best way to ensure the same font size in figures as in main text with open source formats and programs like Inkscape or Scribus? A typical use case: I would like to include a figure ...
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Is there any typographic mark for chapter?

Typographic marks allows to quickly visualize the organization of a structured text and help the readers to navigate through a document. This technic is especially useful in scientific literature to ...
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What's the reason of this statement? “Content is usually best served by appearing as far left as reasonably possible” [closed]

I was reading "Ordering Disorder" Grid principles of Web design from Khoi Vinh, in where he mentions that without much explanation. He got a long copy (8 units wide) inside a column of 10 units, in ...
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How to remake this typographic map?

I found these wonderful typographic maps on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilkeSpingies?section_id=15207850&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1) where city names are placed in the correct location, and ...
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Advice on font for a “Portfolio” website [closed]

I am working on my portfolio website now, and I am trying to pick a font but I have no idea which one to use. All I know is that I am looking for a Sans-Serif font that leaves kind of a "raw" feeling, ...
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How Do I Set The Width Of Area Type In Illustrator?

Once I have created Area Type, how do I adjust its width? Pulling on the handles allows me to resize it without distorting the text, but doesn't allow for fine-grained control. Typing a value into the ...
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how to create realistic powder/flour text effect

How to create a realistic flour text effect in Photoshop? (image below). There's a nice Photoshop action by Nuwan Panditha to that but I want to learn how to build it and what's the method of ...
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Styling/Layout advice on an Isotope/Masonry website

I am experimenting with a masonry layout web site bringing niche news and cultural information on East Asia to a Western audience. I have chosen a masonry layout for the homepage because the site will ...
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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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What font size should be used for a children's book?

I’ve been looking around, and so far I haven’t found much. Most places I find also suggest using Comic Sans so I'm hesitant to take their advice. The book will be for ages 0 — 5, so very young, most ...
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Type specimen generator

I'm looking for a software that would allow me to test a big amount of fonts by producing one page (or at least, one paragraph) of text for each font in a folder. I'm not looking for a simple sample ...
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How to warp text like it's in a tube?

I am looking for ways to warp text so that it looks like it inside of a tube. Here is a piece by Felix Pfaeffli that is similar to what I want to accomplish.
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In a sentence ending with a bold or italicised word, does the period need to be bold/italicised too?

Maybe this will be considered a bit of a nitpicking argument, but I constantly find myself asking: In a paragraph where the last word is bold or italicised, should I make the period at the end bold or ...
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Does this Chinese font fit in with our brand?

We are about to make the Chinese version of our charity website live but I'm not certain about the font we are using. Our Chinese office say they are happy with the system default but they don't have ...
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Wanted: photoshop filter for free-hand glyph to simulate anti-aliasing

I want to draw a letterform free-hand, simulating an aliased character and I would like to then apply a filter so it looks like an anti-aliased character [ed. note: simulate sub-pixel rendering?]. I ...
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Correct term for stacked / super-justified / variable height text [duplicate]

Meaning like this, where there's a fixed width, and every line is scaled maintaining its aspect ratio to meet the width - including scaling the height (unlike regular justified text). There might be ...
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Is there a good source for ANSI character sets for typography testing in web design?

Since clients like to see a visual example of typography I am looking for a way to test and display fonts chosen by client's that will include a full master list of all possible ANSI character sets ...
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Why is Garamond italic all wonky?

The angle of the 'upright' strokes in Garamond italic is different between capitals and lowercase. See, for instance, the discrepancy between the "I" and the "t" of "Italic" in the following ...
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When and why do I use “s”-shaped quotation marks?

When and why would you use quotation marks that are the superscript of the letter "s"? It looks like this: In case you want to look it up yourself, I've seen it in a recent book by the philosopher ...
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Is inconsistent leading generally viewed unfavorably?

See, for example, this partial image of a document.
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Do people read paragraphs with font's size bigger than 18 px [closed]

I have felt always there are good for one lines. But when you have even small paragraphs, big fonts with big line heights gets in the way of reading. Like you have to struggle just to read them. ...