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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How do I create text bullets in illustrator?

Is there a way to create text bullets in illustrator? I'm trying to mimic or recreate something done in PowerPoint. I think I know how to manually create the character (•), but was hoping there was ...
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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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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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How do I vectorize an image (bmp) of text to resemble actual text?

I have .bmp of some text that needs to be vectorized, when I use image trace it comes out horrible and doesn't look like the text. If I knew what font they used I would just use the font and vector ...
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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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Modified 'rise' warp text option: How to?

I want to achieved the warp text style in this image, "Honda Stage" part: I tried adjusting the sliders and the pen tool, anchor technique yet I can't fully achieve what I want. Any help? *Using ...
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How should I position the letters in a square logo to read “H S S C”?

I am creating a logo using the acronym HSSC (High School Student Council). Here is the current logo. My question is: What is the best/proper arrangement of letters in this type of logo to read ...
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When ever I write something in Arabic or Persian in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1 the word do not appear on the screen?

When ever I write something in Arabic or Persian in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1 the word do not appear on the screen? But I can see the word which I have written in layer names.
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Should the gutter and the baseline have the same value?

So, I'm trying to set up a rather strict grid system and wondering what the "rules" for dealing with the gutter and the baseline. Should they have the same value?
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Optimal font color on #fff body (esp. mobile, web fonts) [closed]

I've always used #333 or #444 body font (even lighter for headings) instead of pure black on an #fff background - Arial certainly looks better this way on an LCD screen. However, the last time I ...
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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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Font overload in academic documents

I'm a researcher in cryptography and regularly read and write acedemic papers which are, to say the least, not objects of great beauty. Recently I've noticed that the guideline not to use more than ...
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What do you call this distorted text effect and how can I reproduce it?

I came acorss this picture online, but i'm not sure how to achieve it, its not overlay right? I think.
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Baseline and dealing with leading on headlines

So, I've set up this baseline that works like a charm for the body copy. What are the rules for headlines? Usually if the leading of the headline is following the baseline it usually is looks too ...
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Definition of font weight

Wikipedia says this about font weight: The weight of a particular font is the thickness of the character outlines relative to their height. Seeing this from the point of a mathematician, the ...
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Exporting style sheets from InDesign 5.5

Is there a way to export style sheets from InDesign 5.5? Even a list of style sheets that can be printed or exported to Word will be okay.
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Structure of a book. Details about front matter

This multiple question is maybe a little bit off-topic, but I do think it is slightly related with the topics covered here. I am preparing a book to be printed (my PhD Thesis, to be more precise), ...
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Critique: Any advice on the design of my systems engineering résumé?

So I'm creating a résumé for Engineering/Design/Computer Science internships, so I guess I am allowed to be a bit creative and less conservative here. I was working on this all day ...
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What is the name for making words equal in length?

I'm trying to find the name or ("term") for this: What is it called when the size of individual or groups of words are increased proportionally in size so that they are all the same width?
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What characters are good to start with when designing a typeface?

Given many characters in a typeface build on others and even just a couple of characters can reveal a lot of the features of a given typeface, what characters are good to start with when designing a ...
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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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Slanted text with background box

Hello fellow creatives! I know this sounds like a stupid question, but this has been driving me insane for ages! How do I achieve the following in adobe illustrator: How do I create a slanted text ...
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Is a colon needed after a (sub)heading when the latter has it's own formatting

I tried checking style guides and online articles but couldn't find any reference to the following: When the heading or subheading looks visually different from the body text (either font-size, ...
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Grid system building methodology for web

For a long time now, I have been using premade grid systems, like foundation grid for instance, which consists a grid of 12 70px columns, and 30 px gutters. But as my design passion seeks the best ...
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The perfect miter/join for the pointy part of a speech bubble

a young designer working for us made this speech bubble as part of a larger item ... Consider the join or miter of the "pointy part".. I'm thinking it might look poorly-done: it should be a tiny ...
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Tracking in relation to kerning

I understand tracking relates to all pairs and word spaces while kerning relates to specific pairs. I’m wondering about how tracking is related to kerning: Is tracking added to kerning linearly, ...
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Maths + Graphic Design - Did somebody try that?

Hello and wish you a nice day to all. I'm working on project of visualizating math formulas into such form that it would be easily comprehensible and readable, simply beautiful to look at. I've been ...
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Improving readability in MS Word

When using MS Word is an absolute requirement to create a long text document, I usually suggest the following to any given user: Flush-left since MS Word doesn't allow the kind of ...
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Titles and Menu items in lowercase, uppercase, serif or sans serif?

Im building a new wordpress website and need some input. The question is - should i use lower or uppercase - serif or sans-serif for my post titles, widget titles and menu items? Which is the best in ...
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Recommended column width for text reading, digital vs printed

Coming form a digital background, I have often read different kinds of suggestions (for example 35-50 ems) for how wide a column of body text should be to still maintain a good readability. Is there ...
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Body font pairing for FS Hackney

I'm working on a new brand identity for my software company, and after some research we've reached a consensus that Fontsmith's Hackney (http://www.fontsmith.com/fonts/fs-hackney.cfm) could work well ...
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Is Proxima Nova a web safe font?

I've been asked to replace the font we use on the web and mobile apps with Proxima Nova. I wanted to ask the community if any of you know if Promima Nova is a web safe font?. Thanks.
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Critique : Feedback for portfolio website design

I'm in the early years of an aspiring web/graphic designer. The two main intentions behind creating this website were: To get some practice Use it as an online portfolio while hunting for jobs ...
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How should you web design with foreign typography

Some web design and development projects client's will request capabilities for a foreign translation in their site. How can you account for this and what are some good practices for content ...
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How can I explain to my client that more than two fonts in a logo is a bad idea?

I created a logo using an M & C from Moonhouse font. I modified them letters to suit their brand, but the basic shape is still recognizable. The company name is in Goodtimes font, to indicate that ...
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SVG font units-per-em to mm

In an application I'm writing, I need to take a glyph's path from an SVG font and scale it to a particular size, which is specified in millimetres. I take the 'd' path property from the SVG font, ...
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How do I deal with line spacing when a single descender is getting in the way?

I'm making a sign for my kids' school, and am having trouble with one detail. The primary text is "Walking School Bus Stop". This, the school name, and a whimsical graphic all go into a 3:4 aspect ...
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What are good places to start learning web typography and layout?

I have been a digital designer since 1999. I am self taught. However; my biggest weakness is spacing, grids and developing pages that feel balanced, as well as have strong typographic hierarchy. I ...
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Proper typesetting of right-to-left text in overall left-to-right context

Screenshot taken from a popular game (LetterPress), where a user has his name in a right-to-left script (which looks like arabic). This typesetting is clearly surprising, as the name is out of line ...
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How do I achieve the equivalent of using small caps in Arabic?

I have this letterhead title in Hebrew, English, and Arabic, in which I set the English to Small Caps (that is, the first letter is a big capital, the rest are small). Now, in Hebrew, the letters are ...
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Design rule toward Alignment? Is this important?

Hello all the pro designers out there, I have a question about text alignment. This is what I am designing right now. The font is Brandon Grotesque. I have noticed that when I use letter "L", it ...
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Calculate ideal font size so text can fit into cell

I am a programmer and I have printing code that draws grid on the paper. Grid has 4 columns, and they have equal horizontal length. Height of the cell is one tenth of the paper size and is fixed. ...
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Critique: Musically Inspired Brand Identity Design for a Freelancing Home Studio Music Producer

My name is Kaitav Sapre and I am an independent home studio music producer. I am having a new logo designed for myself, but I am unsure about the type of logo I should consider getting designed, and ...
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Correct typographic way to start a list ':-' or ':' [closed]

Ive been having a conversation with some one who starts lists like this :- so in context it would be My List :- Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 Ive always written it as : so it would be ...
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Critique: Best use of typographic space and negative space in this design?

Which design better uses space and is more appealing? I'm new to this community so please if this is the wrong place to ask this type of question direct me to the correct one. Thanks. Design 1: ...
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I'm trying to create a letter with multiple strokes within a stroke.

I want to create something like the attached photo, but with other letters and shapes. does anyone know how to do this?
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Why do I need to adjust kerning? Shouldn't the foundry already have done that?

I'm new in graphic design and am learning type design now. I'm learning about kerning now and it all makes sense except I'm wondering why the kerning wouldn't be built into the font style already. ...
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Should a period be included in a drop cap letter that represents an abbreviation?

I have a paragraph that is drop capped and begins with the word 'U.K.' Currently, the CSS (cascading style sheet) standard for Web browsers is to include the period following the 'U' in the drop cap, ...
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Critique: Web color and typography

This is a task management web app. I'm looking for design critiques / feedback in terms of typography / colors and UX. You can see the site working here with comments to specific areas where I'm ...