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Are there fonts whose licence allows me to edit them and then resell the edited version?

I am looking for a way to start from a base font and create another font from it, that I could eventually resell. The edits would be rather heavy but the shape could remain. I would like to know if ...
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What font is used for the quote in this image by Penny Dreadful [on hold]

can someone please tell me what the font is used for the quote?
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How do I go change the order/position of characters in Unicode fonts when a language demands it?

When designing a font for another language in Unicode, how do you change the position of the characters to show up how they need to show up? Edit: Since the characters don't seem to be showing up for ...
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What is a polynomial kerning table?

From Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style: Names like T.V.R. Murti and T.R.V Murti, for example, pose microscopic typographic problems that no binomial kerning table can solve. ...
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Define different styles for typography with SketchApp

How can I define styles for typography with SketchApp? For example, I have a H4 with these variants: Normal Bold Colorful I defined as: It seems very unorganized and helps the developer to ...
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Where to download Sketch's version of SF font?

I've been using Sketches default iOS UI library, which uses Apple's SF font. I already have a version of the SF font, but it doesn't seem to be the same one Sketch defaults to. I'm sick of getting the ...
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Having some issues with missing fonts

I have several InDesign/Illustrator files to edit and I am repeatedly getting a missing fonts issue. I'll have the fonts on my computer but they will be named slightly differently than what InDesign ...
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How one finds out the alphabet length or individual character width of a typeface?

I would like a quick way to determine the column width necessary to create the optimal 65 characters per line rule. Glyph width differs between typefaces, so this article suggested: The alphabet ...
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Experimental Typography Design Help

Does anyone know any tutorials on how to achieve these poster designs. My professors want us to design our project like this but never gave us any links on how to achieve this. My first mind is to use ...
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What is the font of Bernard Tschumi's Exhibition in Shanghai Power Station of Art?

I went to Bernard Tschumi's exhibition (Bernard Tschumi: Concept and Notation) in Shanghai Power Station of Art, I'd like to know what the font of "Bernard Tschumi" in this poster. I used ...
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Do formatting (invisible) characters have a name?

In typography, some text editors will offer the option to display "invisible" or "formatting" characters such as these: (from this page) Do these have a name? I mean, of course you could call ...
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Should Widgets Follow the Vertical Rhythm?

When designing for a vertical rhythm on the web, should form elements also follow along with the rhythm? I am currently working on developing a new set of guidelines and patterns for an enterprise ...
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Where to place text labels in custom color picker

I created a color picker for a website, and I am having one problem regarding the layout of some text. Above the color picker, there will be a "New Color", and "Original Color". I'm having a hard ...
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Are there ways to make a font more legible at smaller sizes?

What techniques can be used to make a given font more legible at smaller sizes (in the 6-9pt range, for example)? Will legibility be entirely dependent on the font used, or are there other design ...
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What is the difference between small caps and capitals?

In this font landing page "small caps" and "capitals" are being differentiated. Why? What is the difference in appearance and utility? See for example this font that includes both capitals and small ...
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Extra emphasis on boldface, sans-serif font, with constraints on colour

I am writing a pdf report. I have the following list. The problem I have is the underline to add extra emphasis. It seems out of fashion to underline for emphasis, though I admit there's not much ...
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Quotation marks in body text in italic or not?

When styling body copy, is it more correct to have the quation marks in italics as well as the quote. Example A Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec mi turpis, tempus ut ...
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What kind of job title would this be as a graphic designer?

I am currently a graphic design major at Academy of Art University finishing up my associates degree and I would like to go into the typography field of work. I am leaning toward being a layout artist ...
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Is it possible to set the underline thickness with Scribus?

I'm experiencing a strange behaviour with Scribus; I'm using version 1.5.1, I don't know if it's relevant but I'm under openSUSE. I have noticed that when I try to underline the text, the thickness ...
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What font alternatives exist for Bremen Bd BT?

The ideal alternative would have a “slated S” (as the Bremen one) but will not have the different stroke widths within the same letter (i.e. I'm looking for a more uniform stroke in the font like ...
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How to learn typographic design? [duplicate]

Please suggest some books or some courses I can take online. Given that I know nothing about typography or design.
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Font with ZERO spacing

I'm looking for a font with ZERO spacing surrounding the characters, specifically numbers 0-9. Matching math symbols, specifically: +, -, ×, ÷, =, should be centered horizontally and vertically in ...
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Designing Fashion Stationary Brand - Commercial Font use

I'm in the preliminary stages of producing a fashion stationary brand with a view to create notepads, organiser sheets, journals, list pads etc. What considerations do i need to take into account for ...
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Setting left aligned type

What are the best tools available in InDesign to control left aligned body copy so that you avoid unattractive line endings and paragraph shapes? I have a lot of text to work with and would like to ...
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Borrowing punctuation from another typeface

I am designing a piece of editorial and using Univers throughout, except for the pull quotes where I have used the quotation marks from Gotham instead as I feel they are more distinctive and appealing....
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How to typeset a missing word correctly?

What is the typographically correct way to typeset a missing or left out word in a sentence? For example, "You should brush your ——— every morning!". Where "teeth" would be the word intentionally ...
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When and why did spaces around an em dash originally appear?

Today, the usage of spaces around an em dash in English depends on the publisher's style. But in scanned old books, I find only unspaced em-dashes—similar to this one. (Moreover, in printing, the em ...
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Why is an el­lip­sis represented by one single character rather than a sequence of kerned dots?

An Ellipsis (Unicode character U+2026 and HTML symbol …) is a series of dots – typically three – that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence … as Wikipedia ...
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Font weight considerations (printing cost, ergonomics, etc)

I'm curious if there are any known ergonomic effects of font weight choice. I already understand, for example, that the relative contrast of font color and background is important to reduce eye strain,...
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What are the origins of the commercial minus sign (⁒)?

While reading the Wikipedia article about the Plus and minus signs I found the so called commercial minus sign (Unicode character U+2052 and HTML symbol ⁒). It looks similar to an Obelus (÷)...
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Strange sidebearing problem with a couple of characters on font. (ubuntu titling)

I have a LGPL licensed font, that I am currently using for my website. The font works well, except for a couple of characters (. and ,). At times, depending on which characters are surrounding it, ...
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Merging pen lines to create logo

I have finally got my logo to where I want it in illustrator, and I want to preserve all of my pen lines and strokes but just make it one joined object, so that I can transform it and move it around. ...
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How to create my own font?

Can someone tell me which program I use to make my own font? I am aware that letters in a font file are vector-based, and that I can use a vector program like Adobe Illustrator to design and export ...
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Is kerning also applied when there is a space between characters?

The Wikipedia article stats that kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. For intance when we ...
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How do students practice using fonts when they can't afford them?

So far all the research I've gathered points me to: 1) get pirated ones depending on who you know 2) free fonts-enough said 3) system fonts that you will be scrutinised for being amateurish? How ...
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What’s the right character for a minus sign?

Almost everywhere I see the so called hyphen-minus (Unicode character U+002D and HTML symbol &#45) used as a minus sign, which is actually the standard hyphen character (Unicode character U+2010 ...
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How to use tracking on serif headings on web?

Is there a simple principle or a "rule of thumb" for using tracking on serif headings on a web page (or in general)? And most importantly what's the reasoning behind it? For example I could ...
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Why do most of the well known currency symbols have strikeouts in their symbols?

We encounter currency symbols every day as shorthand for a currency’s name, especially in reference to amounts of money. Most, like these common currency symbols, have strikeouts in their sign. ...
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Hand-written typography

I'm interested in whats the methods you would use to create a typographic effect similar to this poster (click for larger size) The part I'm referring to the the title "7 Letters".
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What are some common kerning pairs?

Setting up good kerning is one of the most important parts of designing a typeface. Cheap or free fonts often have bad or non existent kerning and it gets incredibly tedious having to manually kern ...
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Vertically centered colon for time

This article discusses the vertically centered colon in Apple's San Francisco font. My webapp uses the Montserrat font, specified in CSS as follows: @font-face { font-family: 'Montserrat-Light'...
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How to design the letter ß (eszett or sharp S)

When designing a typeface, how should I design the letter ß? Looking at existing typefaces there seems to be a some variations of how the character is designed. It seems that the letter (called an ...
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Why is this thumbnail text so beautiful?

This image is the thumbnail for this nerdwriter video. I'm about to begin a youtube series of my own, and I want my thumbnails to be that simple and beautiful, and I'm trying to understand how this ...
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Sans vs Serif: Research Studies Only

I hear all the time that "serif is better in print and sans is better on screen", but I've never seen any research backing that up. It seems like it's just based on people seeing serif in print their ...
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What are some good heading fonts that pair with Merriweather? [closed]

Right now we're using Open Sans, but I'm not a huge fan of it. It falls flat for me (maybe I'm wrong?). We can choose from Google Fonts or maybe a $2.5-5k one-time purchase. We get a few million ...
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Should I put all font weights and widths on my brand guidelines?

I'm creating a brand guideline, in which my logo uses one typeface for the logo, and one typeface for the slogan. The logo typeface only has one weight which is bold The slogan typeface has ...
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Is Shearing Text Acceptable?

I was wondering if shearing/skewing text is acceptable? Obviously stretching text is bad and frowned upon, but is shearing text okay or is it considered the same as stretching it? I have a few ...
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Should the spaces around bold text be made bold too?

In the following image, the top text has regular spaces around the bold word bar, whereas the bottom text includes the spaces in the bold styling: I added red vertical marker lines so it's easier ...
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Workflow problems and Proofreading

I have a situation with my company. Every time there's a project I never get the final copy to start my design work. The constant changes and many hands getting involved is making my workflow suffer ...
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Consistent angles in my font

I'm early(ish) in the process of designing a font, and need some advice. All the vertical terminals (excluding top/bottom of stems) end with a cut at a specific angle. This is consistent throughout ...