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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My Xylophone is off key; Understanding this kerning

I was playing a kerning game where the goal is to see if you can kern a word by eye and then compare your kerning with that of the designer. I was doing... ok. Until I got to: I kerned is as such: ...
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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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Suitable font for headline to go with Verdana as body copy (dark design)? [closed]

I'm currently redesigning a website that uses a dark design. Using a dark design I know there some additional readability concerns which need to be looked at, and I've tried to cover all the angles. ...
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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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Adjusting leading on headers vs. working with a set baseline grid

I've been trying to lay out my type on a baseline grid. The head of my department always wants me to add more leading between my headings and body copy. I've attached two images to illustrate what I ...
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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 ampersand allowed at the beginning of line?

In my recent project, playing with responsive web design, I've noticed that ampersand in my text landed at the beginning of a line with certain page widths. I personally find it a bit ugly... I can ...
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How can I write in other languages in Photoshop?

In other languages, alphabets can combine characters into symbols. I don't know if Photoshop can do that. Is there a clean way to do it, or a special plugin (preferably free)?. Maybe there is some ...
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font similar to Fight-this with polish characters

I'm looking for a font similar to Fight-this with Polish characters (Latin).
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How can I select a good font to contrast with my body text?

I'm not a graphic designer, but I'd like to make my site look nice. I've read the primers on picking fonts that match and contrast well. Once I've chosen the font I want for the body of the site, how ...
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How can I make this sidebar menu clearer?

I have created a sidebar for a client as requested: The top bar - where on other pages menu items are shown - is left empty as requested and instead 3 menu items are show in the sidebar. These lead ...
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What would be a cool yet simple way to style an “!” with just CSS?

I want to create a cool looking yet simple exclamation mark with just CSS. Anyone have any cool ideas?
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Beginner question: how do I use the “move tool” in Gimp without moving the entire Layer?

I typed a short piece of text in GIMP, then I want to fix the kerning manually so I want to move the letters closer to each other. But when I select the "move" tool and click on the appropriate part ...
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How to create Similar illustration

I am very much interested to know how images with text of different sizes and fonts are created. Can any one please suggest any tutorial to ease the process?
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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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Manipulating standard stock photos for ebook cover

I have decided to self-publish some short stories I wrote years ago. I understand the importance of a good cover. I have known for years that "Don't judge a book by its cover" does not work in the ...
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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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Critique: Typography for my website

Here is a picture of my website (and also the link) as it is now (still under construction). I've tried various combinations in term of font size, font weight, etc. but can't find "the right" balance ...
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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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Is it offensive to mimic Japanese style typography? [closed]

I'm preparing a proposal for a Japanese company and have been asked to create a sign. I've been asked (by an American) to use a Japan-esque type of some sort on the signage. I would like to respect ...
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Readability as a function of measure and leading

I'm writing a thesis, and of course my university has some requirements regarding the typography, specifying in particular the measure (36 pc), the minimum font size (10 pt), and an acceptable range ...
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Is Fairfield considered a legible typeface?

I was browsing around on linotype.com when I came across Fairfield which I instantly fell in love with. I would seriously like to use Fairfield for almost everything I do (quite a bit of writing, not ...
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Anti aliasing for skewed typography in PS

The white rectangle that contains the typography is a Smart Object that was skewed with Edit > Transform > Perspective. The problem is that when the it's skewed and then resized (smaller) the text ...
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When/why is an “o” superscripted and underlined?

When can you use an underlined superscript "o"? I know that it is used for numero № Can it be used for company? C°
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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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Is it OK to use a smaller font size for credentials that come after someone's name on a business card?

I am designing new business cards for employees and many of them have several credentials after their name. To make them all "fit" do I bring the entire name and credential line down a point or can I ...
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Kerning absent in .ttf and .otf files made with with Fontographer 5

I configured my font's kerning for every possible letter combination in Fontographer 5 and when I preview it from there, everything is as it should be, but when I generate the font files (TTF and OTF) ...
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How can I represent a country with a font?

I am working on a multilingual book about some European Union countries. The selected are: Poland, Greece, Spain, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Austria, Turkey and Estonia. I wish to write a ...
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Popular serif and sans-serif browser compatible font combinations?

I was curious as to which combinations of serif and sans-serif fonts are preferable to use that are compatible with most browsers. While I am aware that with the introduction of CSS3 importing ...
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New Trend In Typo Blod or Thin [closed]

Does anyone wanna share opinion on THIN fonts being used in mobile apps or even in websites? Is it the new trend. In early stages of iOS7 beta releases Sir Jonny Ive's team used Helvetia 45 Light but ...
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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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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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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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What is kerning and what is the point of it?

From what I see here, it seems kerning is just rearranging the space between letters. However, the comments here lead me to believe there's more to the story. Is kerning really that simple? Is the ...
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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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Using free fonts for logos

I want a typography logo for an application. If I use free fonts for that, can I just use them directly without mentioning the creator of the free font, or without linking the page where I download ...
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What do you call this type of design? [duplicate]

I was trying something like infographic design, typographic design...but I can't find lots of examples or tutorials, and it's weird because I've seen them everywhere!! With those headers and ...
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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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Fitting text into a Letter using inkscape?

Can someone please help me figure out how to add text into the shape of a LETTER using inkscape? I keep trying and nothing happens. I type out the letter using the text tool, click object to path. ...
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Vector pasting in wrong spot / Font Lab and Illustrator

I built out some shapes to test out a font icon idea. I drew them in Illustrator. I set my art-board to pt at 1000 x 1000. I filled the objects and moved the ruler so that 0 was the baseline. From ...
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Roman numbers in front matter thesis

This is a follow-up question of this one: What page numbering conventions are there for front matters (prelims) of books? If I were to use roman numbers, should they be in small or capital letters? ...
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What font and characters are used for the “line break” symbol used in Microsoft Word

I am wondering which is the symbol used to denote line breaks in Microsoft Word. It can be visualized with the following steps: In MS Word, open empty document. Press SHIFT + ENTER to insert a line ...
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What is the font used in the Backbone.js Logo?

Trying to identify the font used in the Backbone.js logo:
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How to improve font rendering at small sizes

I'm not actually a font designer. I'm a web developer who's using Glyphicons, a library of icons encoded as glyphs within a font. I'm using them in Bootstrap 3 and they're really great because they ...
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Does hyphenation increase legibility?

All I could find on the subject was this paper, which is pretty interesting in itself. But it only deals with preference. 57% of the test subject prefers hyphenated text. This is kind of surprising ...
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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 ...
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Why does the type cursor change over a shape layer?

I find that when using Photoshop CS6, the type cursor will have a dotted square around it (rather than a dotted circle) when hovering over a shape layer. How will clicking and typing be any ...
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Justification and hyphenation without proper time and tools?

In my computer science studies we are being forced to write a report every now and then. I have a background in web development and have worked closely with both print and web designers for many years ...
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Lorem ipsum equivalent for Spanish, Polish and other languages?

I'm testing out some fonts, and I'd like to see how they look with language that use more than the basic latin alphabet, in my case Dutch, German, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese. Is there a tool ...