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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What properties should a typeface or font for children's signage have while still being playful?

I am looking for a typeface for use with children's signage (don't say Comic sans). I'm looking for something playful yet legible. By children, I mean elementary school age (and younger). What a re ...
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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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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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Feedback: A simple registration form. How can I make it more clear?

I am no designer, nor am I pretending to be one. This is why I am kindly reaching out the community for feedback. In this landing page I made I feel there are lots of things wrong it, and hence it ...
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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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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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Recommendations for acquiring (affordable) font bundles

I have never - technically - bought a font for personal use (I can state that in shame, all the fonts I've bought were for clients or came with software I own). It's now time to spend some gold coins ...
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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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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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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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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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Fixed width character subset in proportional fonts?

In many proportional fonts, numerals (i.e. 0123456789) have identical width to facilitate vertical alignment. My question is simple: are there any characters that conventionally share the exact same ...
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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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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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Photoshop tracking and kerning: what do the number values mean?

Working on a site design where I'm trying to translate a tracking value of "100" to the CSS letter-spacing property. When I specify a tracking value of "100", what am I saying? Definitely doesn't ...
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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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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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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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A question about the readability of hanging indents in print

Large amounts of copy are way more readable for me when the paragraphs are divided by hanging indents (instead of standard first-line indentation). I'm not really sure why, but it's way easier on my ...
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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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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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Which secondary whitespace character should I use for my seven-segment font?

Background Information I'm working on creating a semi-monospaced font that will mimic a seven-segment display. There are many existing fonts for this purpose, but none of them quite fit my needs. ...
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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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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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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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Should Logotype Be Considered Part of the Heading Hierarchy?

I'm in the process of an identity design for an online magazine and I've come up with what I feel is appropriate logotype, and a heading/body copy pair that I also think work well. But when treating ...
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What does “Great typography skills” mean in the context of a job requirement for a web developer position?

I'm looking at job requirements for Jr. web Developer positions. Some jobs need "Great typography and layout skills." What does typography mean? What skills are they exactly looking for?
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Why is my text looking blurry in Photoshop CS6?

The font is really blurry. I don't know how to fix it. Does anyone know? Please help me! I tried everything and none of them worked.
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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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Should I use capital letters (titlecase) when using small caps?

I just came to realize this problem with chapter titles in my thesis. I'm using small caps for them, but I also noticed that (because I'm use to it) I wrote them in titlecase, e.g.: However, if I ...
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Font that looks like plastic lettering on a sign with “diagonal” words

I need to find a font that looks like the lettering on a movie sign. I will be using a background to give the lines in the background. Now I need to find a font that looks like the text on the sign. ...
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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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Illustrator: Edit text in multiple text boxes at the same time

I have two text boxes that I need to have identical text, but in different fonts. Is there any way I can edit only the text content of both at the same time (keeping the fonts different).
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Is it bad practice to use non-brand fonts in ads?

I'm working on a set of ads designed to have a social media sort of feel. Generally, these ads have a header and a sub-header on a stock image. The brand has a specific header and body font that must ...