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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 ...
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What are the origins of terms “em” and “en” as typographic units?

As you know one of the most common versions of the dash in typography are the en dash "–" (Unicode character U+2013 and HTML symbol –) as well as the em dash "—" (Unicode ...
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Why is it much harder to see non-italics in a block of italics than the opposite?

Blockquotes are often shown in italics. If properly done (I guess), any italics in the actual quote is then "reversed", becoming upright. I generally have a much harder time discerning upright type in ...
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How to replicate this text scattering effect in Adobe Photoshop?

In the following picture (by /u/Your_Post_As_A_Movie on Reddit), how would one create the effect of the symbol scattering? Does Photoshop allow one to scatter text with similar parameters as brushes? ...
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How do I create a similar 3D text effect? [duplicate]

I would like to create a 3D text effect similar to the picture shown. I have tried using Illustrator and did it with the Appearance and Transform tool, copying the stroke fill multiple hundred times ...
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Leading and aligning to a baseline grid in InDesign

I'm using InDesign CC trying to format for an academic journal-style article. My problem is with consistent leading. I have a text frame, and in Baseline Options I set Offset to: Cap Height. At 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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What font uses Truckline logo? [closed]

My client wants me to make a vector logo from his old one and before using pen tool I want to ask maybe someone knows what font is used in this logo? It has unique R and S letters.
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Unicode superscript numbers 1 to 3 vs. 4 and above

¹²³⁴⁵ & ¹ Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT ONE' (U+00B9) ² Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT TWO' (U+00B2) ³ Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT THREE' (U+00B3) ⁴ Unicode Character '...
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What's with size-specific fonts?

Google Fonts has a font called Slabo 27px – 27px is part of the font name because the font is made for that specific size. Do you know what’s the point of this? The font seems the same to me at 16,...
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What’s the right character for an apostrophe?

Many times I encounter the so called "typewriter apostrophe" (Unicode character U+0027 and HTML symbol ') to represent an apostrophe: But on the other hand, the "right single quotation ...
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Sans Serif Font Anatomy

I'm designing a brand identity guidelines, I've made a change to the "J" letter in the logo, i'm using Museo Sans Rounded and the "J" has a top line that doesn't match with the isotype. There is a ...
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How do I make sure the unicode box drawing characters work properly in my font?

Unicode has a set of characters for drawing simple graphics. Here is an example from Wikipedia: ┌─┬┐ ╔═╦╗ ╓─╥╖ ╒═╤╕ │ ││ ║ ║║ ║ ║║ │ ││ ├─┼┤ ╠═╬╣ ╟─╫╢ ╞═╪╡ └─┴┘ ╚═╩╝ ╙─╨╜ ╘═╧╛ There ...
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Companion colormap for text highlight color

Edit: I am looking for resources (articles, books, posts) which study the choice of a single color to highlight text and a sequential color for two and three dimensional plots such that both are ...
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Identify Rounded Modern Sans Serif

Can anyone ID this font? It is giving me fits even though I feel like its on the tip of my tongue: I've tried both http://www.whatfontis.com and What the Font Edit: this is from an HVAC ...
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What is the difference between Adobe TypeKit & Adobe Edge Web Fonts?

I has originally planend to use Myriad Pro on my website, but found this was a paid font from Adobe Typekit. I have settled for Droid Sans which is pretty similar, I was going to use Google Font ...
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Could anyone tell me what font this is? [closed]

I came across this font and I really want to use it. Does anyone know it?
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Which google font is closest to this? [closed]

Can someone help me to find a google font closest to this one?
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Which font to use for a Mac OS App design?

I'm designing a UI for an app in Mac OS (Yosemite) which font is the default font? or which font is widely used in the latest Mac apps?
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What are my options to creating “carved stone” styled text?

I'm trying to create a carved stone style of text similar to Backtrack's band logo: I'm trying to achieve the 'cracked' and 'cut away' erosion. From my understanding, I will have to make the text 3D ...
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What are the font settings which correspond to “default” font styles in iOS 9?

There is a set of default font styles accessible via the iOS API. What settings (font size, weight, etc.) do they correspond to by default on an iPhone 6 running iOS 9? Does this vary across phones/...
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Making InDesign break all words but not hyphenate them

I'm looking for a way to make InDesign break words regardless of good design practices and not hyphenate them. For instance: The quick brown fo x jumps over the l azy dog. I would have done it ...
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How can we design a better Restaurant Menu?

My team and I are involved on a re-brand for a vegan restaurant. Most of the print collateral has sailed through the approvals process. The trickiest item so far is the menu. We laid the type out in ...
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What are the differences between Gill Sans Nova and Gill Sans MT?

Gill Sans Nova was released by MonoType recently, and is already proving rather popular (possibly related to the attention-grabbing 75% discount on the complete set...). Gill Sans has always been a ...
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Merged letters in Illustrator?

Why are some letters are merged in Illustrator?
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Is there a standard rule for which face in a family is the default?

The Avenir family that ships with Mac OS X comes with twelve faces. Avenir Book and Avenir Roman both have 400 weight, normal font-stretch, and are not italicized. I'm building a product that lets ...
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How to describe this text alignment feature with varied font sizes

Originally posted in the English Stack Exchange, but was suggested to post here. I see it all the time in Facebook posters and memes where each row of text is of a different sized font, but with the ...
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How to create editable text with effects

I need help to know by steps how to create the same as the attached snapshot. It's done in Adobe Illustrator (Strokes, fills and effects from the appearance box), I manage to create editable ...
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Usability and distracting and confusing design [closed]

I have designed my theme here you can take a look : http://photontechs.com/themes/VSResume/Designer/ Reviewer said "Nice idea, but usability for this conversion is pretty low. Theme is also very ...
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Feedback: A simple registration form. How can I make it more clear?

I am no designer, nor am I pretending to be one. This is why I am kindly reaching out the community for feedback. In this landing page I made I feel there are lots of things wrong it, and hence it ...
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What are the symmetry-in-pair symbols usually appear in Wingdings fonts? [duplicate]

For example, in Wingdings font: What is the symbols in boxes used for? I have checked the wiki pages of Wingdings, List of symbols, Ampersand and Unicode/List of useful symbols, but I can't find ...
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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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What leading settings do you using for San Francisco font? [duplicate]

I'm designing for some mobile platforms. I was impressed with Google's font guidelines and wondered why Apple doesn't have any guidelines for San-Francisco font. I'd like to learn your experience ...
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What leading settings do you using for San Francisco font? [closed]

I'm designing for some mobile platforms. I was impressed with Google's font guidelines and wondered why Apple doesn't have any guidelines for San-Francisco font. I'd like to learn your experience ...
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Legibility of familiar fonts vs. typical considerations for typeface legibility

I recently had a coworker mention that we might prefer selecting a handful of familiar fonts for some built-in themes for a software application we are developing over a handful of other potential ...
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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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Futura leading: perceived line distance for numbers is off

Here's a part of a potential business card, the problem lies in the distance of the middle line to the other two. It seems closer to the top which really bugs me. What would a professional ...
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There is any font which have same from centerline

I'm Prasann. I'm Graphic Designer ("Fresher"). I'm Designing my portfolio right Now. I'm creating Box to Put All Things(Brochure, Business card, etc.) into. in Box Design i need to Split the Fonts ...
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How to create this grunge stamp that is dark on the edges & more grungy on the inside?

I tried different methods and they all were very very complicated. Is there an easy way to create this effect where the grunge is more visible on the inside?