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How can I search for a unicode character if I'm not sure it exists?

I'm looking for a Unicode character that will be as similar as possible to the Avengers logo. Even without the circle. Anything that will hint at that logo for people who know it I'm not sure ...
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Using mix Typography/Color in brand name

A friend and i are building a e-commerce site, but we really trying to create a brand that will be cool as well. Our target market are 15 - 29 year olds, so we want it quite funky. and it should be ...
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How can I select a font for a specific market? (e.g. beauty products in Brazil?)

I am designing a brand for the Brazilian Market. It is focused mainly on beauty products for the mass. So the font I choose needs to be with some personality, not too fancy, not too simple. How can I ...
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What does a “normal” British pound sign look like?

I'm working on creating a glyph for the British pound sterling for a typeface I'm working on, and I realized that not only is it a bit of an oddity, it's an oddity that I, as someone from the United ...
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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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Subpixel antialiasing for fonts rendered to an image?

As I understand it, producing an image with fonts that are subpixel antialiased is nonsense because once the font is rendered to an image (clarification: bitmap image), the subpixels will turn into ...
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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 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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Delete a horizontal bar in an 'A' character in Glyphs

I'm trying to delete that horizontal bar using Glyphs. I can delete the four points that create it, but have no way of joining the inner points back up again. I've been trawling through the meager ...
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What is the best font for use in legal contracts?

What are the best font for legal contracts, and why?
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How should ascenders and descenders that share the same space be handled?

This is the initial registration page for my client's communication app. ( I covered over the logo - note the white box - for his privacy) I do not like that the "y" descends and the "h" ascends into ...
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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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Should I use Illustrator or Photoshop for Collateral Design?

I am creating a web advertising rate card. Basically a brochure. It will be a PDF file. Should I do brochure designs or collateral designs using Illustrator and then import the non vector images from ...
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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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What does “Ratio Of Headline to Body Font Size” mean

in a smashing magazine article, I read "According to our study, on average, the ratio between the headline and the body copy is around 2.5" - and this is the formula HEADLINE ÷ BODY COPY = 2.5 Does ...
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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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What are some obscure/rare/endangered/extinct typographic symbols?

Just discovered the "asterism" today: ⁂ Super cool. I had never heard of it or seen it before. Wikipedia has more about it. What other typographic symbols are out there that were never all that ...
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How can I extend an existing font to include punctuation and numbers?

I'm in the process of developing a site for a client, and she really likes the font Sell Your Soul for the main headings. Only problem is that it's incomplete - it doesn't contain numbers or any ...
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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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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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What is the effect of ligatures in web, regarding SEO

All designers love ligatures but vanilla web typography just sucks. I heard of smartypants that solves many of thoses issues, bringing sexy quotes, gorgeous ampersands and all. It's just perfect, ...
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How to: Line 3D effect?

How would one go about creating a lined 3D effect as shown in the image below?
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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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Can anyone suggest a free equivalent of the Hoefler Text font?

Can anyone suggest a free equivalent of the Hoefler Text font On Identifont
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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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Can't find font for the newspaper “Le Temps”

I need to identify the logo font for "Le Temps", a swiss newspaper. It is similar to a times-like font, but not exactly sure. Whatthefont doesn't help me...gives me over 60 matches.
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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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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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Identifying a couple more fonts

These two fonts are a pain to identify because of the formatting (one is partially masked) and the other is on a background that makes it hard to identify. There are two different images for the 2nd ...
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Identifying several fonts

I am trying to identify several fonts but hitting a brick wall. Can anyone help me identify these fonts please?
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How to change the line height of a font

I want to change the "line height" of a font, that is the space between lines when the font is typed. I'd like to increase the space. (I need to use several fonts font in a text app with a fixed (non ...
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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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What font does Apple use for printed document?

Serif font such as Times New Roman is usually used in printing document in Windows. What is the equivalent font in Apple?
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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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What typeface is used on the AMOK album cover?

Just out of curiosity. I know it's designed by Stanley Donwood. It looks like Futura with the M reaching slightly below the baseline.
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Is it good practice to add additional space before a punctuation mark after emphazised text?

Is there a typographic convention or practice about placing punctuation marks after emphazised text? I ran across this example on a website today that adds an additional space after emphazised text ...
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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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Best practices for combining header/body typeface WITH a brand/corporate ID existing typeface?

I have recently become aware of a fundamental mistake I had been making; I have been matching a company's identity's typeface and using it for the headers of my websites, which in hindsight really ...
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What font types are good for a technical document?

What are some good fonts to use for a highly technical document? Is there any specific type that should be used/avoided?
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Is a 10 point font big enough to use for small descriptions in a cv?

I am creating my CV on an A4 and I am wondering whether a 10 point font size is big enough. here is screenshot and I am talking about the content next to the crosses: http://d.pr/i/LDKK. in fact do ...
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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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How to write distinctive letters?

This is more of a handwritten or drawing style question. Lets say I draw letters. How do I make letters and numbers distinct? For example the number 0 has a line through it as well as 7. If I looked ...
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What is this sans-serif font?

Can anyone identify this font? I've tried on identifont and on WhatTheFont but I can't find anything. It's the slanted 'e' and the ampersand that really stump me.
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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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A safe Chinese font similar to Facsimile (monospace) font

I am looking for a safe web font for chinese, similar to Facsimile font. The concept is old fashion arcade games.
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How to treat right margin/padding of list?

This is well in the realm of "it doesn't really matter" or "whatever looks best", I know, but I was curious as to whether or not there was a generally accepted convention about this (or a ...
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Making a typeface – should I check if it resembles any non-free or copyrighted typefaces?

I want to make a typeface that I would also let others to download if they happen to like it. But if I use it on the net, and if I also let other people using it, can I have copyright problems? It’s ...
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Text wrapping fill-last-line-first

I have a peculiar design for a web page that I have to implement from an already made design, and some of the text wrappings are filled bottom-up (in my case it's for bottom-left aligned thin text ...
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Pairing a font with a tahoma as display font

For branding matters, I need to use tahoma as a display font (for all headlines). I know, I know, it's a body text font meant only for screens: I don't really have a choice there. I am having a hard ...
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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!