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What do they call those scrolly, curvy elements next to chapter titles?

There's a name for this, and I even found a web site that helps you create such things for web sites, but I can't find or remember either. The element is on both sides of "Season 2014" on this web ...
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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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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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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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What does BE and BQ stand for (or mean) on a font name?

I have noticed that some fonts have the letters BE or BQ appended to their name. What does this mean? Is this a standard code for some features of the font? Extra glyphs perhaps? Or is this just a ...
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What is the ideal number of font sizes to use for a website?

I'd like to know how many font sizes can you use for a website. Someone said to me it's better not to use more than 3 different font sizes (e.g. 16px for heading, 11px for text and 13 px for smaller ...
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How typographers make bolder/lighter versions of their fonts?

I suppose in older times typographers had to redraw the entire character set, but I'd guess there's some good heuristics to make a character bolder/lighter in software and then make some manual ...
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Is there a typographical term for vertically-stacked characters?

I recently discovered this type technique in the July/August edition of Little White Lies Magazine. Here's an example of the typography: I wish to know, is there a term for the technique of ...
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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 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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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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How to calculate the best type colour for a random background colour?

I might need to present content at multiple levels depending on the distance of the observer to a display. Let's say from far away the user perceives a flat colour, but from a close distance the user ...
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Footnote/Endnote references before or after punctuation? (comma, full stop/period, semi-colon…)

Simple question: what's the convention (or, if there's disagreement, guiding principles) for where to place reference, footnote and endnote numbers that apply to a clause leading up to a punctuation ...
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How wide should the word space after nobiliary particles be? (von, de la, …)

Is it preferable to write a thin space after nobiliary particles (von, de la, …)? Does for example Miguel de\,Cervantes y\,Saavedra look better than the standard width spaced equivalent?
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The selection and use of typefaces for the non-designer

I am looking for a short, concise resource that will help me better choose and use typefaces. I think the ideal resource would have a thoughtfully chosen list of about a dozen of the most important ...
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Ascender and descender heights: all equal?

Are all ascender and descender heights typically equal in well-designed typefaces? Does using identical ascenders and descenders increase readability, or is it not an issue at all?
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Writing text with character variations

I am looking for alternatives to hand-lettering a Comic. One attractive alternative would be building a custom font. (I'll be asking about details on that in a separate question.) However, I would ...
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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the ...
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What are the best widely-distibuted typefaces when I don't have access to commercial alternatives?

I frequently find myself producing printed material without the luxury of using commercial typefaces. What typefaces typically installed with operating systems or software applications are good ...
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How does random choice of alternate characters work in OpenType fonts?

I have a question similar to “Writing text with character variations”: I would like to create a casual hand-written-style font, that reproduces the natural variety between occurrences of the same ...
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Does ideal measure change with language?

The ideal measure for single column of text is most widely accepted as around 65 characters, but does this depend on the language of the text? Some languages like French have much longer words than ...
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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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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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How do I create a solid line of uniform thickness inside of a letterform in Illustrator?

I've seen all sorts of headlines and ads that use this style a solid color section of type has a solid uniform line of a different color running through the exact middle of each letter. I've done all ...
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Font design and typographic choices for dyslexic readers?

I recently stumbled on a font designed specifically for dyslexic readers (OpenDyslexic). It explains how it works like so: Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of "gravity" to each ...
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Recommended Body Font Size for Print Magazine?

I am working on a print magazine in InDesign with a smaller than normal layout: 169mm x 239mm - which body font size would be recommended for this layout size? I have tried using 8pt for the body ...
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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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Do you have a “formula” for the webfont vs graphic type threshold?

Disclaimer: I realize there is not a perfect "formula" for this question. I'm looking for your experiential working practices. If you don't have any, I won't hold it against you. Over the last ...
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what is the largest glyph width in Arial?

Im designing a DIV container that will contain some rows of text. Every row can contain 0 to 35 chars. I need to specify a fixed width for the div, but I cannot predict how "wide" the string can be. ...
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What is the definition of a hairline?

Is it the thin strokes in a letter like "O"? Or is it the thin strokes in a letter like "M"?
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Designing for a 6in x 9in book

I am putting a text heavy book together, 6in x 9in paper size. (Perhaps related are this and this link.) Now I look for good font pairings (nice examples are here) and margin settings and line ...
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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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Blackletter fonts supporting long s and r rotunda?

I'm doing up a document in the style of the earliest printed documents. For this, I need to find a blackletter font that supports long s « ſ » and r rotunda « ꝛ ». Are there any such fonts out there?...
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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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Symbols “degrees” and “degrees centigrade”: proper spacing

For mathematical and physical units, usually there is a thin space between the number and the unit, in the LaTeX syntax for example $1008\,\mathrm{kPa}$. However, I feel that angular degrees (e.g. $...
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What can I do with AFM - Adobe font metrics file?

I received zip containing font in .afm format. Is this some sort of source-code of a font that can be converted TTF/OTF or so? How can I actually read and use this file?
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What to do with small cap initialisms at the start of a sentence?

I am typesetting my thesis and am enjoying the use of small caps for initialisms. They look great in the middle of a sentence, but I'm unsure what to do if they fall at the start of a sentence. ...
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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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What are the good and free alternative to Helvetica when use as web font? [duplicate]

Sans-serif typeface is usually in web, so what are the free/open/cross-platform choices that can replace Helvetica? By replacing Helvetica I mean are there any font which is better than Helvetica for ...
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When is font hinting used for print?

Following on from this question: TTF and other "modern" font systems, and font size differences Higher quality fonts contain hinting information, which in short better fits glyph boundaries ...
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Styles of the Lowercase “a”

I've noticed that many posters, advertisements, etc -- as well as many fonts -- use the lowercase letter "a" as shown in "figure 1". However, I've always hand-written it as what it looks like in "...
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Scale and proportion with typography

I was recently watching a Lynda.Com video about color and scale in relation to typography. At the end of the course, the instructor challenged the viewer to create a travel poster in 20 minutes using ...
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Is there a term for 'reference-marker symbols'?

While this is loosely graphic-design related, when doing design for some kind of annotations, one have to work with symbols used as 'reference markers', such as 1 in foo 1. When you need to discuss ...
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Help with Font Pairing 'Kursivschrift'

I'm trying to find a good font that pairs well with a logo that uses 'Kursivschrift.' While I'm not a fan of the font due to the excessive amount of kerning required to make it work, it is the main ...
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How do I italicize fonts that don't have an italic variant in Illustrator?

For example, how do I italicize the font Impact (Regular) in Illustrator CS 6? I can't find the italicize option in the character panel window.
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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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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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What's wrong with Droid fonts?

I have seen on various places that people consider Droid font family with contempt. In latest Android it has been replaced with another family called Roboto. I'm interested in why is that, from ...
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Resources for finding good web font schemes/combinations

I have started doing some freelance website design work for small business clients, and part of my work will involve selecting fonts to use on the sites that I will be making. Given that typography ...
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Using CamelCase in a logo

I'm looking forward to getting a logo created for my company. My partners and I have distinct views should we use CamelCase in the logo or not. For example: boffr vs bOffr This made me wonder: when ...