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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When should I use a condensed font?

I was advised to post this question from User Experience (UX) to this site instead. Assuming I always have enough space to write what I need to write, and I never get into a position like http://ux....
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How to add the white lines in the letters in Photoshop?

Please see the attached image, how to add the white lines in the letters in Photoshop?
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Logo design process templates & tools, multiple font test tool

I'm trying to find resources to complete, improve and/or make easy the logo design process using templates based in grids and so on. One of the things I'm trying to find is a webtool or software that ...
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Illustrator: How to make small balls (objects) wrap around text

I am going to try and explain this as best as I can. Image you carve out white wax letter and put them in a cereal bowl and then roll a couple of really small balls in there, they will shape around ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

I really like writing encouraging letters to my friends every so often. Writing them by hand makes them feel a lot more personal, but I am always hesitant to do so because my handwriting has always ...
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What font style pairs well with geometric fonts and why?

It seems to me that geometric fonts pair well with most serif fonts and some humanist sans-serifs since they are of considerable contrast, but I don't have a lot of experience with them. Does anyone ...
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What's the name of this kind of typography combining multiple words into a shape?

I need to know the exact name of below typography technique or the phrase designers use to mention these kinds of artworks. Is there any app or online service to make such images?
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How to bend text to create a typography portrait in illustrator?

Trying to create a self portrait, I've already tried Envelope Distort---> Make with Mesh as I saw in the article link below, but the text gets distorted when I just want it to bend alone. Can you tell ...
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Where can I find some good low contrast calligraphy and script fonts?

It seems that lot of the scripts and calligraphy font I see have very high contrasts. So I wondering if there are any ones that have medium or low contrast (paid or free fonts). Low contrast uses ...
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When designing a latin-based typeface, how are diacritics handled?

I was looking into designing a font that could include characters with diacritics but outside of knowing any other language besides English I was unsure if there was a reference or method designers ...
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What does “Attribution” mean exactly when using downloaded fonts?

The fonts that are free for commercial use are sometimes under Creative Commons licenses, such as CC BY-ND 3.0, which require you to give attribution to the creator. Does this mean you have ...
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Making annotations in figures of the same font size as main text

What is the best way to ensure the same font size in figures as in main text with open source formats and programs like Inkscape or Scribus? A typical use case: I would like to include a figure ...
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Is there any typographic mark for chapter?

Typographic marks allows to quickly visualize the organization of a structured text and help the readers to navigate through a document. This technic is especially useful in scientific literature to ...
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What's the reason of this statement? “Content is usually best served by appearing as far left as reasonably possible” [closed]

I was reading "Ordering Disorder" Grid principles of Web design from Khoi Vinh, in where he mentions that without much explanation. He got a long copy (8 units wide) inside a column of 10 units, in ...
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How to remake this typographic map?

I found these wonderful typographic maps on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilkeSpingies?section_id=15207850&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1) where city names are placed in the correct location, and ...
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Advice on font for a “Portfolio” website [closed]

I am working on my portfolio website now, and I am trying to pick a font but I have no idea which one to use. All I know is that I am looking for a Sans-Serif font that leaves kind of a "raw" feeling, ...
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How Do I Set The Width Of Area Type In Illustrator?

Once I have created Area Type, how do I adjust its width? Pulling on the handles allows me to resize it without distorting the text, but doesn't allow for fine-grained control. Typing a value into the ...
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Styling/Layout advice on an Isotope/Masonry website

I am experimenting with a masonry layout web site bringing niche news and cultural information on East Asia to a Western audience. I have chosen a masonry layout for the homepage because the site will ...
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Page header/footer in sans-serif font; body in serif?

I want to use for chapter titles/section a sans-serif font and for the normal text a serif font. To be consistent: Should page header/footer then be seen as section text (sans-serif) or body (serif)...
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What font size should be used for a children's book?

I’ve been looking around, and so far I haven’t found much. Most places I find also suggest using Comic Sans so I'm hesitant to take their advice. The book will be for ages 0 — 5, so very young, most ...
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Type specimen generator

I'm looking for a software that would allow me to test a big amount of fonts by producing one page (or at least, one paragraph) of text for each font in a folder. I'm not looking for a simple sample ...
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How to warp text like it's in a tube?

I am looking for ways to warp text so that it looks like it inside of a tube. Here is a piece by Felix Pfaeffli that is similar to what I want to accomplish.
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In a sentence ending with a bold or italicised word, does the period need to be bold/italicised too?

Maybe this will be considered a bit of a nitpicking argument, but I constantly find myself asking: In a paragraph where the last word is bold or italicised, should I make the period at the end bold or ...
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Does this Chinese font fit in with our brand?

We are about to make the Chinese version of our charity website live but I'm not certain about the font we are using. Our Chinese office say they are happy with the system default but they don't have ...
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Wanted: photoshop filter for free-hand glyph to simulate anti-aliasing

I want to draw a letterform free-hand, simulating an aliased character and I would like to then apply a filter so it looks like an anti-aliased character [ed. note: simulate sub-pixel rendering?]. I ...
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Correct term for stacked / super-justified / variable height text [duplicate]

Meaning like this, where there's a fixed width, and every line is scaled maintaining its aspect ratio to meet the width - including scaling the height (unlike regular justified text). There might be ...
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Is there a good source for ANSI character sets for typography testing in web design?

Since clients like to see a visual example of typography I am looking for a way to test and display fonts chosen by client's that will include a full master list of all possible ANSI character sets ...
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Why is Garamond italic all wonky?

The angle of the 'upright' strokes in Garamond italic is different between capitals and lowercase. See, for instance, the discrepancy between the "I" and the "t" of "Italic" in the following ...
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When and why do I use “s”-shaped quotation marks?

When and why would you use quotation marks that are the superscript of the letter "s"? It looks like this: In case you want to look it up yourself, I've seen it in a recent book by the philosopher ...
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Is inconsistent leading generally viewed unfavorably?

See, for example, this partial image of a document.
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Do people read paragraphs with font's size bigger than 18 px [closed]

I have felt always there are good for one lines. But when you have even small paragraphs, big fonts with big line heights gets in the way of reading. Like you have to struggle just to read them. What'...
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Is line height related to the typeface used in css?

I am trying to figure out how line-height in css works. I am setting body line-height to 1.5em ( 24px ). And I am using a link tag with font-size 24px. I am expecting the total height of the inline ...
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Is there a name for a Wikipedia-like “W”?

To be more precise: Is there a name for the type of font where the w's apex is shaped like a cross? Couldn't find it anywhere. Note that the middle doesn't look like two successive v's, but rather ...
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OpenType Features - Adaptable typefaces

I have a typeface I've developed that comes in two variations, one spans horizontally whilst the other vertically. At the moment they sit as two OTFs. What I would like to do is create an OpenType ...
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Which fonts don't come with Windows 8 that would come with a new MAC?

I'm a beginning graphics designer and I currently own a Macbook Pro that I got in 2010 that is really on the fritz and basically I need a new computer. I am comfortable using both Mac's and PC's, so ...
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How to choose the “right” font size for a given page

I asked a similar question in TeX.SE and I am not 100% happy with the answers. I find it strange that there's no standard formula that yields the "right" font size given the page's size. Therefore, I'...
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Are single double quotes an acceptable deviation from typographic rules?

I've recently noticed websites with pull quotes with only a left-hand quote. There are two basic scenarios: Left hand quote is used as a graphic element to indicate a quotation follows.* Quote ...
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Odd uneven spacing between some words in Indesign, unable to adjust using paragraph styles pannel

I'm having problems as Indesign acts kinda stubborn. It keeps giving me an odd space between a word. I've tried to readjust the spacing using paragraph styles, font size, changing the font, spacing, ...
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Do humanist/organic sans serif typefaces work well with scientific theses and lab reports in Palatino?

I am writing a scientific thesis and prefer the headings to be set in sans serif. Do humanist or organic sans serif typefaces such as Biolinum work well in this context, in particular if the body font ...
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What is the difference between Glyph and Font?

I was going through one document and I came across this term 'glyph'. The term was new to me so looked into wiki for its definition. I felt both glyph and font is same. Am I correct? Else please tell ...
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Combine 2 Unicode letters into 1 in Fontlab Studio

Being new to Fontlab Studio 5, I'm creating a Tifinagh font using its Unicode block... I created all the letters for my font, now I need to add a ligature (if this is the right word?) to certain ...
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Are faux small caps now considered OK?

Bringhurst writes that small caps need to be designed to visually match the standard capitals of a font, so that the resulting mixed caps look uniform and balanced; and that purely geometrically ...
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Suggestion for Alternate Font Option?

Would greatly appreciate your help. I had a freelance graphic designer create the below logo for me. It is for a higher-end real estate photography and marketing company in the Los Angeles area, and I ...
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Changing the position of outlines in Skech & Toon on Cinema 4d

I'm trying to add a thick, comic-book style outline to text using the sketch and toon rendering effect in C4D. When the outline is set to a high thickness it becomes apparent that it is drawn based ...
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Illustrator losing most recent handle when I continue path after editing previous handles

In Illustrator, when creating a path (such as for lettering), how do you go back and adjust handles of anchor points before the current on, and then continue from where you left off without losing the ...
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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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Please check my kerning for this logo

could you please check the kerning for this logo? I'm a UI designer not a graphic designer. I have no confidence with kerning/letter spacing but I have to do this nonetheless. If this is not the ...
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Feedback on the design of a physics document

I am not a designer, I am a physicist. Back in 2005, I made a guide for students about how to measure cosmic rays, for a lab class I was teaching. Now I am redesigning it and would like to ask for the ...
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How do I horizontally distribute text with equal spacing?

How do I horizontally distribute text in Illustrator so that it has equal spacing between the words? When I use the horizontal distribution tool it doesn't give equal spacing between words.
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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.