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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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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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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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How does random choice of alternate characters work in OpenType fonts?

I have a question similar to “Writing text with character variations”: I would like to create a casual hand-written-style font, that reproduces the natural variety between occurrences of the same ...
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How to subtract text from a shape in Illustrator?

So I've made a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the ...
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The role of the designer in content – should he have one and how big should it be?

I'm a designer, not a marketer, and not a writer (at least not professionally). A lot of the work I do involves working with material in a field that can be above my head. Because of that, I'm content ...
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Baseline Grid vs. Readability

Any designer worth their salt will talk about the importance of the grid, and rightfully so. However, as I've continued to practice my trade, I've found that the baseline grid in particular doesn't ...
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Footnote typographic conventions

Are there any typographic conventions/advice relating to footnotes? For example: When should numbers be used and when symbols? Should the footnote symbol be superscript in the body text and at the ...
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“Serifs improve fast, easy readability for long text” - myth or truth?

It's an old question, but an important one. Let's see if we can get a good, nuanced, ideally evidence-based answer. So, old-school wisdom (certainly, how I was taught back in the day) says that serif ...
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What fonts are similar to Candara, but available on Google Docs?

I've got several documents using Candara that I'd like to shift from Microsoft Word to Google Docs for collaboration; which font is going to be the closest match when using Google?
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Examples of good academic poster design

Do you have any good examples of academic poster design? Most posters look exactly the same (I don't want to pick on anyone in particular), and from my experience at conferences, almost nobody reads ...
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Hollow fonts on android

I use the typeface "Lobster_1.0_.otf" in my Android application, but the problem is, that some of the letters appear "hollow", with a black&white outline. You can see the problem on the following ...
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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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What typefaces would go well with Metalista?

Metalista is a modern blackletter font (afaik :)) designed by Suitcase Type Foundry as a tribute to "the persistency of the metal culture." What other typefaces (used as subtitles) would mix best ...
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What are great fonts for information-heavy data tables?

I'm designing a web application which has lots of data tables with business information both as numbers (sales, hours etc) and text (product names, region names etc). What fonts are great for dense ...
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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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Optimum line height in relation to font size

Is there an agreement on the optimum mathematical proportion of line height and the size of a text? And if there is, is it the same for print and web?
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Font choices for logotypes, body text and headlines

Should designers base their font choices for body text and headlines on the typeface used in the logotype (if used) to achieve brand consistency?
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CSS LetterPress Effect

I can't seem to get the color values/names correct so that I can get a Letter Press Effect on the text To create the appearance of text that has been stamped, choose a text colour that is darker ...
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On which sites can I sell fonts I've created?

I made a typeface that I would like to sell non-exclusively on several online stores. I have been searching and found a few nice outlets so far. What are the font shops you know of? Where do you ...
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How far back does the concept of a “bold” typeface variant go

What I'd like to know is where in history the idea of having a bold variant of a typeface came about. I suspect that back in Garamond/Caslon's time there would not have been any bold version of their ...
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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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Can FontLab edit and output a webfont without losing data?

A font vendor who shall remain nameless sold me a webfont under the premise that all modern browsers would support switching the old style figures to lining figures without any trouble. Well, by "all ...
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Should a period be included in a drop cap letter that represents an abbreviation?

I have a paragraph that is drop capped and begins with the word 'U.K.' Currently, the CSS (cascading style sheet) standard for Web browsers is to include the period following the 'U' in the drop cap, ...
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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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How do I combine bold, italic and regular versions of a typeface so they are grouped together in application font selection menus?

In Fontographer 5, I have made more versions of the same typeface (regular, italic and bold), but they are separate files. How can I make them be one unified file and that when writing in a program ...
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What is the widest character in the “Helvetica Neue” font? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what is the largest glyph width in Arial? Doing some web design and I need to give a div a specific size. However, I do know how many characters are in the text box, so ...
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Should I be concerned about optimal font size for a particular font

I am aware that certain fonts, are designed for use at certain sizes, at least in the physical print world. They make uses of things like Ink Traps to prevent running. With type for the digital ...
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“Cutout” effect in Fontographer 5

When I paste a thinner version of a letter on a bolder one, I get this cutout effect inside it, somewhat similar to this: (please note that this is not my image, not my font and that I do not claim ...
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How can I outline (LaTeX) text in Inkscape?

This is a difficult question to google, as the term "outline" does not mean the same in Inkscape as it does in, e.g., Powerpoint. However, Powerpoint does not support Latex. How can I outline a ...
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How to construct “lowercase digits” (i.e. text figures)?

Is there an accepted way to adjust font glyphs in order to simulate text figures? Background Text figures are "lowercase" digits. You normally use lowercase digits where you also use lowercase ...
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How to make typography hi-res for web?

Suppose I'm going to make a typography poster (or whatever) that's going to be posted for advertisement in, let's say, Facebook, how high should the resolution be? Any specific numbers I should have ...
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Are light type face versions simply thinner than the roman (regular) ones?

I am taking a regular version of a typeface I love and making a light version of it, and I'm wondering: Is the light version just an inset of the regular version? Are there any special ...
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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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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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Great Anti-Aliasing settings for text: methods,tips, tricks, advice?

Why doesn't type look crisp and clear in Fireworks/Photoshop etc? I am the only one working on a PC at my work place, I've noticed that the text in my Fireworks looks a bit ragged on the edges, its ...
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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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Spacing nav menu type

When designing a horizontal menu for a website in photoshop (like the img attahced) whats the best way to space them ? In html/css i would just use float:right; margin-left:20px; but in photoshop the ...
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Text hyphenation in iOS apps

I'm not sure if there are any typography gurus here that might be able to answer this question, but I don't know where else to look. I'm looking to add text hyphenation into one of my projects, and ...
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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 ...
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How to add drop caps in photoshop?

It's an option in InDesign, CSS, and MS Word. I'm not finding it in Photoshop CS5.
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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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Why do some fonts make I, l, 1 look the same?

Why do some fonts make the I,l,1 characters look identical? There are fonts where they don't just look similar - they are the same exact pixel locations. Why were they ever created? I'm guessing ...
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What symbol indicates a reference to another page?

Historically, or in current common usage, are there any typography symbols which have the meaning "see page" or "refer to page", which can be placed near the page number?
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Will text laid out on an image in Photoshop, when printed look pixelated? Or sharp enough?

The title really says it all. I want to design a poster for my home. But here's my question, if I lay out the text in photoshop, save it and then print it - will the text look pixelated? Or sharp ...
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Too long name for portfolio site

I'm making a portfolio website, but I have a short first name, but a long last name! Wxxx - first name Vxx Dxx Dxxxxxxxx - last name I've started with a logo with just my first name or something ...
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Typefaces in which numbers look great for “sale offers” “discounts” “price tags” and stuff like that

I am looking for a typeface, no make that more than one typeface in which numbers look nice and sexy. **EDIT: By sexy I mean appealing(define:sexy@dictionary.com = excitingly appealing). I want to ...
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Captcha-like font

I'm looking for a font that reminds of a captcha without being too difficult to read. It has to be available from google web fonts though. Does anyone have any good tips? Edit: It doesn't have to ...
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Recommendation for time appropriate typeface (early 20th Century)

I am designing a program for a play that is set in the early twentieth century (circa 1911) Austria and it focuses on the upper class. What are some historically relevant fonts and design elements ...
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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. ...