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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What qualities should I look for in a font for an educational establishment?

I am trying to create a website for schools targeting elementary to high school students, and was wondering what characteristics I should look for in a font to make sure its "safe" or ideal? Are there ...
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Bilingual Book Typography [on hold]

I am designing a book that has text in Korean and English. I was wondering if you have any tips on Korean typefaces and where to either buy or download them.
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How to create my own typography poster with perfect lines and curves? [on hold]

I want to create my own typography poster. I created that poster on paper and I want that poster exactly like that in Illustrator, but I want to make changes like perfect lines and curves. How can I ...
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Fonts for technical reports

I'm building an MS Word template for my reports. I am not sure what to use for fonts. I see lots of reports from clients and others using Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Calibri, Cambrai, ...
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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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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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What are the more respected sans serif fonts that come standard on most computers?

I've been tasked with making a powerpoint theme for the company I work for and one of the requirements is that it uses a font that comes standard with most computers. What are some of the built-in ...
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Software for creating fonts

What consumer-usable tools exist for font creation? Ideally I'd like an OSS solution, but inexpensive commercial offerings are viable, too.
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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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Experimental Typography Design Help [on hold]

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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Line Height of Font

I am designing my own font with Type 3.2. I have exported the font as an .otf and it is working well. However, for some reason the line height seems to work differently with my new font than the ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the different stroke widths (e.g. in a W) in serif fonts called, and why do they have a particular orientation?

Certain serif fonts have distinctly different stroke widths for parts of certain letters (see WMVAU below) and there is a "correct" and an "incorrect" orientation. An example with Google Fonts Prata: ...
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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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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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Why do some fonts make I, l, 1 look the same?

Why do some fonts make the I,l,1 characters look identical? There are fonts where they don't just look similar - they are the same exact pixel locations. Why were they ever created? I'm guessing ...
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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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How to properly set the css leading

I have a situation trying to figured it out how o properly use and set the css leading when we have something like this: Even if the line-height is the same, the first 2 lines look pretty far away ...
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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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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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I want to make font, I have digitized the characters, how to proceed next?

Basically I want to learn how to use the kerning, spacing, ligatures to make it more legible. If any one knows any tutorials or guide available online please let me know. thank you.
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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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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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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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What are logos of these kind called? (Logos with a well defined square or rectangle)

Below are some logos with a well defined square or rectangle. What are logos of these kind called?
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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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Can anyone suggest a free equivalent of the Hoefler Text font?

Can anyone suggest a free equivalent of the Hoefler Text font On Identifont
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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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Typefaces with specific legibility characteristics & licensing

Are there any typefaces possessing all of the following characteristics? Vox-ATypI classical, modern, or glyphic I, l and 1 mutually distinct & identifiable without reference to each other rn ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Where should drop cap be suitable?

I wonder where drop caps should be used. So far, I only see them in column of newspaper. Are there any cases which drop caps shouldn't be used, like in scientific papers or brochures?
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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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What is the name for making words equal in length?

I'm trying to find the term (if any exists) for this: What is it called when the size of individual or groups of words are increased proportionally in size so that they are all the same width?
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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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What are beginner’s books on typography?

Hum, for some reason I would like to buy myself a book about typography. I have a lot of interest in this field, and already have some knowledge learnt from reading Typophile now and then, among other ...
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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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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 ...