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What is the term for a contrasting typeface in a design?

Many designs use one typeface for body text and another, contrasting typeface for headings. Is there an "official" term typographers use for the contrasting typeface in a design?
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Does anyone know of any font families that 6, 9, 8, 0 look the same upside down as right side up?

Does anyone know of any font families that 6, 9, 8, 0 look exactly the same upside down as right side up? The 6 upside down would look like 9 and vice-verse. Thanks!
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Is there a standard height in lines for a drop cap?

There is a package in LaTeX called lettrine, which allows you to use a drop cap. You can check an example here I want to know how many lines of space should I give it for a one column technical ...
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What does “PDF-compatible glyph names” mean?

In Fontographer 5, when I want to generate font files, it asks me do I want to "Keep glyph names as they are" or make glyph names "PDF-compatible". What does the "PDF-compatible glyph name" mean ...
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Center–align arabic text

Is it acceptable to center–align Arabic text and if so, is there anything I should take care of in this regard?
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High-Resolution Operina Scans

I'm not sure if this is the right forum but there doesn't seem to be a dedicated typography forum. I'm looking for high-resolution scans from pages of Arrighi's La Operina, which is a classic manual ...
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Convert OpenType (PostScript flavor) to OpenType (TrueType flavor)

I want to convert a OpenType (PostScript flavor) font to an OpenType (TrueType flavor) font. This is because Office Word cannot make pdf´s using a OpenType (PostScript flavor) font. To make it more ...
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How can I create a font from my handwriting?

A quick Google search turns up many websites that claim to make a customized script font from a sample of your handwriting. How do they compare, and would you recommend any such service? Are there ...
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IS ALL CAPS EVER OK?

I'm recreating a Character Sheet for an RPG, but it might as well be a form. In the original sheet I notice that all the text is in capital letters. At first I thought it was in small-caps, but it ...
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What are the historical origins of Helvetica?

This issue of a typeface's heritage is of particular interest when attempting to pair faces. The nuances of related faces tend to harmonize well, whether that relation is grounded in history or the ...
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What's the best way to make a curly brace used for grouping items together?

Many documents (especially older ones) use what looks like a curly brace { to join multiple elements together. Here's an example of this to illustrate programming code, and here's a thread about ...
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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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What the name of the part of the character that holds the counters and the eyes in a stencil typeface?

Is the a name to the shape that connects the outside of a stencil letter to its interior enabling the letter to be cut through and retain its counters.
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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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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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Small caps in names as part of an adjective

I know many scientific publications tend to write the names of authors, or names of people in general, in small caps. I quite like this idea, since it helps readers not to try and understand a word ...
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Unicode character that conveys 'synchronization'?

In current common usage, is there a Unicode character consisting of two arrows in a circle, or similar character that could convey 'synchronization'? For instance something like: I browsed the ...
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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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On which occasions would you use italics in web design?

In which occasions you would like to use italics in web design? Because the use of bold fonts is quite obvious not sure about italics.
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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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Considerations when using multiple font faces (on webpage or CD cover)

I’m experimenting with fonts for learning purposes, and I noticed that using only one font type looks many times plain, but using more can easily make a mess out of my webpage and CD cover (these are ...
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When should text figures/lining figures be used?

Many standard computer fonts don’t have text (aka “old-style”, "hanging") figures, like these: Also, basic software like Microsoft Office don’t use them by default, even when selecting a font that ...
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where do you get your type inspiration or how do you decide for the right type?

I was wondering where do you guys get your inspiration for Type and How you decide the right Type Face for your projects. thanks!
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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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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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Photoshop - Easier way to add date suffix, st, nd, th rd

In Microsoft Word, you type 27th and hit a space the th date suffix will resize and go to top margin with a date suffix format. In Adobe Photoshop I have to often make a new layer for adding date ...
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Hyphenation on many line breaks

Sometimes, word processors screw up hyphenation by hyphenating a series of consecutive lines. This just happened to me in a spectacular way:                 What's most annoying in the above case is ...
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Are there typographic methods of rendering a document traceable?

I seem to recall an anecdote on how one branch of the British government had designed a way to circulate seemingly identical for-your-eyes-only documents to a small circle of high-level collaborators, ...
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Make InDesign not re-hyphenate an already hyphenated word

On a publication that I work on I run into a problem where hyphenated words are hyphenated again at the end of a line. (Here's an example: self-sufficent would end up self-suffi-cent) Is there a way ...
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Mixing the classic type size scale, grid systems and modular scales

I'm coming from a programmers background and just trying to understand how sizes should relate. I read in the book "designing for the web" that these are the classic type sizes and text set in these ...
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What is the best way to label an image?

I have an image which I would like to label certain areas with some sort of a text label. I'm trying to figure out what the best way is to make the text clear. The image is color, and objects may have ...
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How do I mix both uppercase and lowercase in Illustrator

I'm trying to mix both uppercase and lowercase of a font together for a logo, but increasing the lowercase font to match makes the font weight a bit bigger so it looks messed up. Is there a simple way ...
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What size, spacing and baseline shift for tm and numerals in superscript?

Is there a set formula / ratio for creating a trademark symbol (TM) or adjusting numerals such as 2nd or 3rd to create the proper visual effect on the superscript? Currently I always just eyeball it ...
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Hyphenation of compound words

When a compound word is hyphenated, should a second hyphen he added at the beginning of the line? And what is the case for compound words connected by a dash instead of a hyphen? Is one of the ...
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What page numbering conventions are there for front matters (prelims) of books?

When a book uses arabic page numbering, the usual habit is to treat the front cover as a page number 1, and start the book itself by page number 3. However, sometimes the front-matter of the book is ...
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Can I use fleurons/hedera as bullets in a list?

I can't find much about using fleurons/hedera as bullets in a list online or in Bringhurst, but I did find several "floral heart bullets" in Unicode. Are these still only for decorative use? Would ...
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Making ogoneks with GREP style

I followed this solution to make Polish ogoneks in InDesign through GREP style BUT every time I use it, the negative tracking is also be applied to the space or next character which immediately ...
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Should highlighted quotes in an article be aligned with the body text?

I am wondering whether quotes need to be included in text positioning. See example below: Is this correct? Or should the quotes be disregarded when positioning the text? What's the best way to ...
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Change weight of font while maintaining local formatting in InDesign

I have a large block of text that is set to "book" with local italics throughout being set to "book italic." I'd like to increase the weight of the whole works: with the stuff currently set at "book" ...
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Paper format of Springer LNCS

I found the paper format of Lecture Notes in Computer Science proceedings issued by Springer very nice. I tried to find out what is it, but I wasn't able to find it in Wiki list of paper sizes. The ...
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Best practice to creating distorted text?

Trying to practice better on my typographic logos I wanted to challenge myself in creating a distorted text logo but I was unaware if any practices exist when considering pre-existing fonts in regards ...
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Font licensing for a web app hosted on clients servers

Frutiger 55 was the winner of the crude typo-battle I hosted in my mind this week (I felt really sorry for poor Gill Sans, one of my top-5 of all time). I want to use it for a Web App that is hosted ...
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Term for upward slant of horizontals in a typeface

I've noticed that in a lot of typefaces simulating upright hand lettering, the horizontal strokes slant upward. In Comic Sans and Comic Neue, this slant is especially visible on the crossbars of ...
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Is there a way to select OpenType features in Inkscape?

Today's OpenType fonts have a lot of features included like: kerning, capital spacing, ligatures, old style figures and stylistic sets. I miss these features a lot. Is there a way to select ...
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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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What's the technical term for groups of glyphs in an OpenType font?

This question is asked with FontForge in mind, but I'm sure that if I get the terminology right then it would help me. Here's my screenshot: See how in this font, you can hold the mouse down and ...
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What is a flow line in typography?

I am reading a short text on typography, which refers to the “flow line” without defining what it is. My dictionary has a non-typographic definition: flow line a route followed by a product ...
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Compiling a new font from existing fonts and embedding it in a website

I'm working on a project, which is a bilingual project. There are beautiful fonts for each language (I'm talking about free fonts). However, in any special case, only a subset of each font is suitable ...
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I want to find a good font combination based on existing design

I am designing a mobile site for an existing website that was made in early 2000's. The existing logo uses a bold version of Bodini with smaller text which uses a thin sans serif typeface. The ...
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What is a text heavy design with multiple types of typography called?

Can anyone tell me the name of the design style used for these types of designs? If there is a name for them, even. They're text heavy with different typography on just about every line and a sort of ...