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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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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Should one mix serif and sans-serif type fonts on the same Webpage, for plain text elements (not headlines)?

There are "rules" that sans-serif look better for headlines, serif for plain text. Are there "rules" that specify what to do if I'd wanted to mix serif and sans-serif on plain text elements (not ...
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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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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 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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When designing for vehicle wraps, how do I align the baseline for type?

I was looking for a rule or study that could help define how one would design text for a vehicle wrap. I've noticed that some wrap a vehicle based on the vehicle's contours but some wraps' designs ...
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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 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 isn'...
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How to use alternative numerals in a font?

There are two ways of laying out numerals in a font: lining figures and text or oldstyle figures. The Former has the height of a capital letter while the latter have varying heights and blend in with ...
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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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Any tips or resources for designing e-mail newsletters?

After spending hours in Photoshop I haven't found a great template I like. I love the design style of many newsletters I subscribe to.. including Smashing Magazine and Hongkiat.. but I wonder what ...
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How to typeset a missing word correctly?

What is the typographically correct way to typeset a missing or left out word in a sentence? For example, "You should brush your ——— every morning!". Where "teeth" would be the word intentionally ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Do formatting (invisible) characters have a name?

In typography, some text editors will offer the option to display "invisible" or "formatting" characters such as these: (from this page) Do these have a name? I mean, of course you could call ...
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Should I put all font weights and widths on my brand guidelines?

I'm creating a brand guideline, in which my logo uses one typeface for the logo, and one typeface for the slogan. The logo typeface only has one weight which is bold The slogan typeface has ...
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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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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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In typography what is an open counter?

Wikipedia defines counter then gives examples. Then it proceeds to give examples of open counter without having given any definition of it: In typography, a counter or aperture is the area of ...
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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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CSS - Using different fonts within a typeface?

After exploring typography more I've learnt the different between a typeface and a font :) I'd like to know how I can call the fonts 'Arial Black' or 'Arial Narrow' within CSS? The font-family ...
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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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Unicode superscript numbers 1 to 3 vs. 4 and above

¹²³⁴⁵ & ¹ Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT ONE' (U+00B9) ² Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT TWO' (U+00B2) ³ Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT THREE' (U+00B3) ⁴ Unicode Character '...
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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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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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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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Highlighting text in Adobe InDesign

I want to have inline code snippets in my InDesign document. Similar to how StackExchange does it, like this. So the gray background is perfect. Basically I just want to highlight certain text. ...
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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 th,...
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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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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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Font weight considerations (printing cost, ergonomics, etc)

I'm curious if there are any known ergonomic effects of font weight choice. I already understand, for example, that the relative contrast of font color and background is important to reduce eye strain,...
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Is kerning also applied when there is a space between characters?

The Wikipedia article stats that kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. For intance when we ...
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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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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 ...