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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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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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Which font is used in G+ social?

Any ideas which font is being used for Google Plus social "g"?
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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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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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Advice about fallback font stacks for Proxima Nova and Adobe Garamond Pro

Can anyone suggest a good stack of fallback fonts for Adobe Garamond Pro (serif) and Proxima Nova (sans-serif)? The obvious choices are of course: "Garamond Pro","Hoefler Text","Times New ...
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Instructions to give a print designer looking to use non-system fonts for websites

So we often run into print designers who choose all these crazy fonts that don't look good for the web. As a backend web programmer, what do I tell print designers to help them select non-system ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Readability and appeal of justified text

If I write a document that I have to hand in to somebody (a report, summary, draft, whatever) I usually justify the text because it seems more appealing (at least to me) if it all finishes at the same ...
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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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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 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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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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Where do professional designers “go” to look for typefaces?

I'm just reading The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams and am very impressed how on almost every page, Ms. Williams seems to "pull out" some beautiful typeface which I've never heard of. ...
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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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Fonts not combining correctly into a family (PC)

I'm using FontCreator 6.5 professional. I have two fonts in the same family, and in "naming" I've given them the same Font Family Name, and in Subfamily one is called Regular and the other is called ...
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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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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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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!
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What is this style of text-as-image called?

I'm seeing a trend (especially on pinterest) of these posters where the image and subject is the text. THe text itself isn't really that important either, it's mainly the typefaces used and ...
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Why hasn't Adobe built a font feature into illustrator yet? [closed]

It seems that Illustrator is the flavor of choice when designing typefaces. Users seem to have a strong grasp on Illustrator and prefer the design tools in the software over others. Typography is a ...
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CharterBT/CMSans complementary monospaced font

I am writing a technical documentation in LaTeX which will also include code listings and in-text keywords set in Monospace. After reading this post i chose a combination of CharterBT for text and ...
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Footnote/Endnote reference characters before or after an ellipsis?

I was checking guidance on where to put footnote or endnote reference characters relative to punctuation and found a really clear answer for everything except an ellipsis. It's pretty unlikely and ...
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Footnote/Endnote references before or after punctuation? (comma, full stop/period, semi-colon…)

Simple question: what's the convention (or, if there's disagreement, guiding principles) for where to place reference, footnote and endnote numbers that apply to a clause leading up to a punctuation ...
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What are the more respected sans serif fonts that come standard on most computers?

I've been tasked with making a powerpoint theme for the company I work for and one of the requirements is that it uses a font that comes standard with most computers. What are some of the built-in ...
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Which is easier on the eyes: dark-on-light or light-on-dark?

While working on my latest website, I started actually wondering if what I learned in grade school was true. I've been taught that programs like Word default to use a white background with black text ...
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What are the historical origins of Helvetica?

This issue of a typeface's heritage is of particular interest when attempting to pair faces. The nuances of related faces tend to harmonize well, whether that relation is grounded in history or the ...
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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 ...