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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How does color affect kerning and leading in CSS?

I received permission to make some changes to the company's website. All I've done so far is change Font Color and Background Color. Doing so though made drastic changes in leading (line-height) and ...
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How to create SVG for good typography on the web without buying Illustrator?

I have a web font which I would like to display using SVG instead of in HTML. The reason for this is that I want to display large typographically beautiful text, and I don't see any way of getting the ...
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Should one mix serif and sans-serif type fonts on the same Webpage, for plain text elements (not headlines)?

There are "rules" that sans-serif look better for headlines, serif for plain text. Are there "rules" that specify what to do if I'd wanted to mix serif and sans-serif on plain text elements (not ...
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I want to learn how to select appropriate colors and fonts for a new site

I'm developing a new site, and although I know enough basic programming to make the site, I'm not artistically inclined enough to make the site look nice. So, I was hoping I could get some suggestions ...
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How to scale a Character without changing its width?

I have to recreate a logo which has been made many years ago and all that is left is a tiny rasterized picture. I want to make a vector file in Illustrator. The logo contains text in, lets say 100 pt, ...
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RTL support in sIFR, Cufon, and Typeface.js

I want to use some font-embedding technology for a website which uses right-to-left language. I don't know which of these alternative ways of font-embedding support right-to-left languages. If they ...
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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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Options/suggestions for emphasizing or making parts of a document stand out?

I'm trying to come up with a scheme for emphasizing parts of a document. I want something more then just using an italic font as it could be a couple of paragraphs. Other parts of my document have ...
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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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Examples of medieval and Renaissance typography?

Do you know any fonts that mimic the typography from the Renaissance era? Time: 16th century Place: Denmark/Scandinavia The thing I'm working at is a logo for a Jousting Simulator. This game took ...
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gap between text on baseline grid

I have applied a baseline grid to some text but there is a gap between the two lines of text. I want the text to sit on the baseline underneath the top baseline. It has a character style applied to it ...
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What are standard ratios for typography on the web?

In laying out a web design, I often try to make sure that my typography is proportional and consistent. However, I haven't been able to find any definitive articles or resources on what ratios and ...
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What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?

I've always found font selection to be a little bit of a mystery. What factors should be considered when choosing a font? How does one successfully incorporate two fonts into a design? I realize that ...
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What serif/calligraphy fonts have a lot of discretionary ligatures?

I'm looking for typefaces that have a lot of discretionary ligatures, more specifically a serif or calligraphic font of the fancy/classical sort. I am already aware of: Mrs. Eaves DTL ...
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Is serif necessarily related to “past” or “history” etc?

e.g A company that has a long success history and they want to depict that in their logo then would a serif be a must? Why or why not? Additionally on what criteria do you decide to use serif or its ...
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Which pairing works best for these sans serifs?

I'm on this project where I want to keep a sans serif font for my titles (shown as title in the examples) but it works very poorly for the text. I already have a serif matched with it but I also want ...
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Optical sizes on posters

Some fonts come with different optical sizes. A few Adobe fonts have different optical sizes that are recommended for 6–8 point text, 9–14 point, 14–24, and 24+ points. I am designing an A1 poster, ...
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Special Characters (InDesign) Total pages marker? [duplicate]

Is there a special character marker for Total Pages? I can use a marker on my master page for current page where it will say A, but if I want it to say A of 3 (3 being the total number of pages) is ...
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What points should we take into consideration when choosing a web font?

I want to deepen my knowledge in typography, more specifically, web typography. I'm looking for good information for this purpose, but I'm not finding anything good. I see many people talking badly ...
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Is it acceptable to use different but similar typefaces for print content and web content?

To be more specific, is it acceptable to have two different typefaces used for headers? One will be used for web content and the other for print or more static content where the type won't be at the ...
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What is the definition of font size? [closed]

I tried to search the Internet for a definition but I didn't find much. So, what is the definition of font size? For instance, what makes a 10 pixel font a 10 pixel font?
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Any automated system to compute the linear length of a letter(s) in a word or phrase?

I may be way out of league asking this question but is there a way to get the linear length of a letter or words. That is, if you were to take the word "super" and measured the outside border of the ...
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Is this typeface intentionally so uneven, or is this some display error?

I read many books on Android for Kindle, and most of them display in a nice, unobtrusive way. This is a screenshot of my last book: But the book I am currently reading has a very strange ...
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Is there a way to create gradations between two given weights of a particular font?

Was doing some reading and came across this which I found very insightful: Weight This is the difference between bold typefaces or versions of a typeface, and regular typefaces or versions ...
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On which sites can I sell fonts I've created?

I made a typeface that I would like to sell non-exclusively on several online stores. I have been searching and found a few nice outlets so far. What are the font shops you know of? Where do you ...
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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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Please help identifying this brush-written typeface

This is a painted sign I found and I really like the font. I cannot identify this font. I have tried several of the sites where I can upload a picture but to no avail. Any help would be appreciated. ...
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What symbol to choose to indicate a subcategory or next page

In a very short descriptive text I want to indicate that a user has to open several cascading/nested sections in a menu structure. At the moment I use the > character to indicate the structure. But is ...
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Instructions to give a print designer looking to use non-system fonts for websites

So we often run into print designers who choose all these crazy fonts that don't look good for the web. As a backend web programmer, what do I tell print designers to help them select non-system ...
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What are great fonts for information-heavy data tables?

I'm designing a web application which has lots of data tables with business information both as numbers (sales, hours etc) and text (product names, region names etc). What fonts are great for dense ...
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Difference in glyphs of I and l

In many fonts I come across, I see that the glyph uppercase i - I is same as lowercase l. Why is it so? Why don't font designers add a differentiating factor between the two glyphs? This specially ...
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Flat design vs skeuomorphism, which one is most preferable? [closed]

As per my knowledge nowadays there's a trend going with flat design. That's cool. These are the things people associate with flat design Simple Clean Colourful Modern Trendy Easy to use Perceived as ...
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Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark

I don't have a lot of examples of "Look at me, I drew all the letters!" typography. But here is one, and I'm happy with the overall sketch and like everything but the first two letters. I dislike ...
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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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How do I start designing a ribbon 3d with shadow Text in Photoshop?

I just want to ask for some resources and as to how I could implement such in Photoshop: I saw this image online in a website: https://www.zirtual.com/ and it's just simple as it looks but I was ...
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What does 'One' mean in the name of various fonts?

I am not much of a typography expert. Unfortunately the word 'one' is very common so Google/Bing return no reasonable results. Common examples include: Francois One, Fjalla One, Days One, etc.
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Is it illegal to design a typographic quote based on a book quote/lyric, then sell it as a print?

FYI I'm in Australia so laws will probably differ to that in America. I'm curious however as there are heaps of great typographical designs of quotes...but is it illegal to make profits off your ...
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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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What is the best book with american typography rules? [duplicate]

There is russian book, The Publisher’s and Author’s Handbook by Arkady Miltchin and Ludmila Tcheltsova which is well-known and considered the best comprehensive guide to typography and writing of text ...
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1 letter used - do I need to buy the entire font?

I am about to finish designing logo. I use two fonts. One I already bought, but the other... I need just one letter from this font but it is not free. Do I need to buy the entire font?
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Help identifying (or finding similar) fonts

I'd like to see if I can find a free font(s) similar to the font(s) listed below. I think the originals were probably hand painted, but I have no doubt that there are free fonts out there that are ...
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What's the name for typography that looks like the meaning of its content?

For example a flame who looks like a flame Or a typography snow who looks like snow Do you know the name of this exercice ?
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Principles of Typography for different languages

Sometimes German students ask me how to do the typesetting of documents in English, French or Spanish. I'm not able to help them because I never learned to speak or write French or Spanish. ...
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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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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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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 ...