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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End marks: are they a good idea?

I'm currently writing my thesis and I have come up with old thesis that have an end mark at the last chapter. It usually is a small centered sign. So, my question: should I use it? is it a normal ...
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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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What's the best way to reproduce a Captcha distortion?

What would be the simplest way to distort a text (or image) as in the captchas we see online. Formerly I would model a wavy 3D surface, apply the text/image as a texture and render it. There must be a ...
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In typography what is an open counter?

Wikipedia defines counter then gives examples. Then it proceeds to give examples of open counter without having given any definition of it: In typography, a counter or aperture is the area of ...
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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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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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I wonder if I can get >116 simple linear shapes to use them as a Alphabet?

I'm just asking if that's possible to have ~116 simply drawn signs that can be related -since it's already proved that humans are more quick in writing linked alphabets in the same word-, easy for ...
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Studies about people's reactions to fonts and color schemes?

I'm a pianist, composer, and teacher, and I'm building a website to promote myself. I want the site to convey both a sense of elegance and old-world discipline, but also sleek modernity. I was going ...
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How can I describe the font I am looking for or looking at?

I have no experience regarding Graphic Design, so this is kind of a intro question. If I have a font I'd like to identify, but cannot describe the details/semantics of it, how would I explain it? ...
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Is it acceptable to have more than one typeface associated with a brand?

To be more specific, is it acceptable to have two typefaces used for headers, one for web distribution and another for print or more static content where the type won't be at the mercy of someone ...
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Best sans serif webfont that display well on Windows and Mac

I have found that most of the web fonts looks great on a Mac, but not on windows. I am just curious to learn, is there any sans serif web font that is perfect on both windows and mac?
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What's the difference between opentype vs. truetype

I know very little about typography. What are the differences in terms of opentype vs truetype. I do know that they are types of formats to render fonts (correct me if i'm wrong). Are there ...
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Advice about fallback font stacks for Proxima Nova and Adobe Garamond Pro

Can anyone suggest a good stack of fallback fonts for Adobe Garamond Pro (serif) and Proxima Nova (sans-serif)? The obvious choices are of course: "Garamond Pro","Hoefler Text","Times New ...
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Illustrator Advanced Clipping Mask with Text

I'm trying to create a clipping mask where my text takes on the colors of the picture underneath it. This is the desired effect: I have been able to create a regular clipping mask as seen here, but ...
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Proper typesetting guide

Is there a typesetting guide for English on the web somewhere, whether UK or American or both? I’m thinking of something with rules for correct hyphenation, punctuation, dashes, commas, correct ...
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What is the name for the “broken line” effect seen here?

And how does one do this? An example where the lines are intersecting the letterforms:
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I am looking for the name of this font

I would be very grateful if someone can tell me the name of this font: It´s very similar to ITC Kristen but not the same. I have spent time looking for it in google but I haven´t found it. Thank ...
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Font with equal spacing between letters

I am just beginning to learn about fonts and typography so pardon if my question seems naive. I really like the look of Futura Bold for titles in a powerpoint presentation I'm making but the unequal ...
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A good monospace, condensed and open-source typeface?

I'm looking for an optimal typeface for report tables that will contain many columns (the reason for condensed). The reason for monospace is that these reports will contain a lot of numbers and we ...
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Tool to fill space with words from a list, using random fonts and font-sizes [duplicate]

Is there any application/photoshop extension/tool that will allow me to create an image of specific dimensions that will be filled with words from a list (like a dictionary), using various fonts, ...
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Photoshop anti-aliasing methods for print and web

In Photoshop you're provided with: None Sharp Crisp Strong Smooth My assumption is that there's utility beyond just "how it looks." Which anti-aliasing method that most accurately depicts ...
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What is the font used inthe Pocket logo?

What font is used in this logo? I'd love to have this or a similar one.
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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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Fonts with wide international support

What fonts support the widest range of characters? (Like Helvetica Neue LT W1G) Need to work on an a website present in 25+ countries, and I'm looking for something I can use as a webfont. Update: ...
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Is there a monospaced font similar to GothamNarrow-Book?

I have a timer running on a video overlay in a mobile application. The font used throughout the app is GothamNarrow-Book. While it looks nice, it is distracting to see the running timer constantly ...
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Determining Relative Font Width (Proportion)

I am working on a web application that sends print data to a newspaper system - we do not actually load and store font information we just create an approximation of the article to be printed. I am ...
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Looking for a beautiful rounded bold cursive font (font identification and recommendation)

I have been seeing a major trend in these types of fonts, the bold cursive ones. I have been going through many and so far I have found Pacifico an Honeyscript. I have tried using font identification ...
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Recommendations for acquiring (affordable) font bundles

I have never - technically - bought a font for personal use (I can state that in shame, all the fonts I've bought were for clients or came with software I own). It's now time to spend some gold coins ...
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How to change Adobe Illustrator CC's pixel to inch ratio?

We all know today the devices have different ppi. Traditionally a pixel is a point, which is 1/72 an inch. But today, iPhones have 326 pixel per inch why the point should remain the same for ...
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Origin of numerical font weight descriptions in typography

The CSS specification (among several others) establish that, when selecting a font, the font-weight may be described using numerical descriptors ranging from 100 to 900 at 100 increments, where 400 is ...
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How to determine what a font's personality is?

I've been doing a lot of research and reading on how to better myself with typography and one issue I would like to improve is pairing fonts. However, all the articles I have read discuss that fonts ...
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Is there any open-source alternative to Fontlab out there?

I used to work with Fontlab Studio to design and compile my fonts. Years have passed and my former Fontlab install vanished into the voids of a crashing harddisk. Now that I'm gaining interest in ...
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Automatically remove underlined whitespace on line-break in Indesign

See the underline continues after the word "trademarks", before the line-break?
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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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Do the fonts Bebas Neue and Klinic Slab pair well?

I am trying to find two fonts to use on my resume. Bebas Neue Klinic Slab
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How to make a non-spacing and non-marking glyph?

Inspired by: The new Kellum method Adobe Blank GitHub: jpkempf / zero-width-web-font ... I'd like to add non-spacing and non-marking glyphs to a font I've created in FontLab Studio 5. The only ...
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Does Paul Rand's odd typographic layout style have a name?

I'm just wondering if anyone has insight in to what governed Rand's typographic layouts. It seems like they were often instinctual and not based on any grid system. I'm thinking of things like the ...
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Logo spacing guidelines

I am currently working on our company's design guidelines (which is much needed). At the moment I am puzzling on how to use set-up the logo's spacing. Generally using the height of the first letter as ...
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What are good general typeface principles based on target audience age?

Everyone knows that as people get older their vision deteriorates. At 20 years old, few have trouble seeing and reading 8 or 9pt type in print or 10-11px type on the web. However, the older an ...
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Digitize notepad to PDF (ebook) while preserving typography

I'm looking for a way to convert a notepad (multiple pages of hand-written text) into a PDF or other e-book type file format (DjVu?) that would preserve existing typography as well as allow searching ...
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Which font is used in G+ social?

Any ideas which font is being used for Google Plus social "g"?
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Is there a way to sort fonts inside Photoshop, as “serif,” “sans-serif,” “script,” etc.?

In my years as a graphic designer (and now web designer and developer,) I've acquired a great number of fonts; inasmuch as backing them up was a responsibility paramount attendant upon formatting my ...
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How to add drop caps in photoshop?

It's an option in InDesign, CSS, and MS Word. I'm not finding it in Photoshop CS5.
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My Xylophone is off key; Understanding this kerning

I was playing a kerning game where the goal is to see if you can kern a word by eye and then compare your kerning with that of the designer. I was doing... ok. Until I got to: I kerned is as such: ...
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Different Logo Colors for Different Uses, Appropriate?

I am finalizing the last step of my logo redesign process. Is it ok not to have a regular color when presenting my logo? I am thinking about having a defined list of colors for different use cases ...
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Suitable font for headline to go with Verdana as body copy (dark design)? [closed]

I'm currently redesigning a website that uses a dark design. Using a dark design I know there some additional readability concerns which need to be looked at, and I've tried to cover all the angles. ...
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What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name?

What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name in older printed texts, and what is their purpose? Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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Kerning Feedback

I'm currently looking at a new font for a logo and I'm having some issues with the kerning of our lettering. I've search the web for guidance on kerning, in particular when using double lowercase ...
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Adjusting leading on headers vs. working with a set baseline grid

I've been trying to lay out my type on a baseline grid. The head of my department always wants me to add more leading between my headings and body copy. I've attached two images to illustrate what I ...
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Tightly fit / arrange / organise multiple objects within a selected shape without overlap [duplicate]

I am trying to fit a bunch of objects (outlined letters) into a simple large shape. I have randomly resized and randomly rotated them as shown in fig below on left side. Eventually my aim is to fit ...