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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

14
votes
4answers
361 views

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 ...
13
votes
1answer
970 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
172 views

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? ...
0
votes
0answers
67 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
297 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
124 views

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: ...
-3
votes
2answers
64 views

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.
4
votes
2answers
167 views

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 '...
3
votes
1answer
118 views

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,...
41
votes
6answers
4k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
129 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
45 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
110 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
89 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
71 views

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?
-3
votes
1answer
126 views

Which google font is closest to this? [closed]

Can someone help me to find a google font closest to this one?
-3
votes
3answers
125 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
109 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
30 views

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/...
1
vote
1answer
67 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
223 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
281 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
114 views

Merged letters in Illustrator?

Why are some letters are merged in Illustrator?
3
votes
1answer
47 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
172 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
116 views

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 ...
-4
votes
1answer
103 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
178 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
189 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
102 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
71 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
91 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
158 views

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?
2
votes
2answers
90 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
79 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
92 views

How to separate an airport name from a city in a list of airports

I'm working on a website that will, on some pages, display the city names and IATA codes of airports. However, some cities have multiple commercial airports, and require an airport name as well. (...
2
votes
6answers
403 views

Is my logo looking grungy and do you get that its Bad in a good way?

Hey all. My boyfriend needs a logo for an online/home business building custom saltwater fish tanks, and I happen to be a graphic designer. I only have 3 or so years of experience, so I guess you ...
5
votes
2answers
175 views

How to handle drop caps when the first word is just one letter?

Suppose you have a document or similar where each section starts with a drop cap. What's the standard typographical way to do these drop caps when the first word of the section is one letter long? E....
4
votes
1answer
186 views

Photoshop tracking and kerning: what do the number values mean?

Working on a site design where I'm trying to translate a tracking value of "100" to the CSS letter-spacing property. When I specify a tracking value of "100", what am I saying? Definitely doesn't ...
0
votes
0answers
86 views

font stroke contrast is rendering badly in browser

I'm using Tahoma font in my site. I'm using all the css settings like text-rendering -webkit-font-smoothing to ensure that my font renders properly in browsers. The only thing is the stroke contrast ...
1
vote
1answer
111 views

How would I go about creating a graphic like this? [closed]

I'm a really big fan of this style of having typography be a part of the image. I understand how to get objects on top of the text, but how do you create those incredible shadows that give it such a ...
0
votes
2answers
145 views

How to create transparent border around text on Illustrator?

I created the following on Photoshop. I wanted to see if the same can be done on Illustrator (just the typography). I tried clipping masks, but the opposite of what I want is happening i.e. the circle ...
3
votes
2answers
233 views

For web content, is it better to use an entity or the actual character?

I'm confused about the correct way to insert special typographic characters (like quotation marks and em dashes) when producing content that will be displayed on a web page. Is it better or preferred ...
0
votes
0answers
86 views

TypeTool: How do I create a glyph for a specified unicode character?

Alright this question may look very stupid, but it's actually confusing me. I'm a new user of TypeTool by FontLab, with which I'm currently creating a custom icon font for a project. Therefore, it's ...
1
vote
1answer
114 views

What script font is is used for the Villa Rheinblick logo?

a friend needs a relaunch of his website, gave me all the data he has including a 2kb .gif of the logo which is just a pain in the eye! He doesn't know which font this is, directed me to the ...
2
votes
1answer
638 views

Is there anyway to convert all texts to outlines in Sketch App?

I was using Sketch to make a cover photo, and there are many words in it. I have to convert every text to online, so I have to open layer folders and select each text in it by myself. Is there any ...
-1
votes
1answer
184 views

How do I find a 'wide' variant of a font like Helvetica?

I need a wide font. It would be nice if it could resemble the text "YEARS" in the following image: How can I find fonts like these?