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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How can I make this sidebar menu clearer?

I have created a sidebar for a client as requested: The top bar - where on other pages menu items are shown - is left empty as requested and instead 3 menu items are show in the sidebar. These lead ...
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How can I select a good font to contrast with my body text?

I'm not a graphic designer, but I'd like to make my site look nice. I've read the primers on picking fonts that match and contrast well. Once I've chosen the font I want for the body of the site, how ...
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Combine 2 Unicode letters into 1 in Fontlab Studio

Being new to Fontlab Studio 5, I'm creating a Tifinagh font using its Unicode block... I created all the letters for my font, now I need to add a ligature (if this is the right word?) to certain ...
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What is the name for the “broken line” effect seen here?

And how does one do this? An example where the lines are intersecting the letterforms:
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Automatically remove underlined whitespace on line-break in Indesign

See the underline continues after the word "trademarks", before the line-break?
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Font Creator 6.0, how do I join points?

I want this glyph to resemble a sort of elongated ^ shape (it was originally an accented A... Á). I've deleted its vertical bar, but now it's completely filled in with black as you can see. How ...
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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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How can I make this lettering/typographic shape better?

I made this effect in Illustrator using the line tool, Zig Zag tool and then expanding the line to a path. I want the top line of the 'E' to join perfectly with the line in the 't'. I have almost ...
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Determining Relative Font Width (Proportion)

I am working on a web application that sends print data to a newspaper system - we do not actually load and store font information we just create an approximation of the article to be printed. I am ...
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Roman numbers in front matter thesis

This is a follow-up question of this one: What page numbering conventions are there for front matters (prelims) of books? If I were to use roman numbers, should they be in small or capital letters? ...
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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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Free font similar to Viga with Polish characters?

I'm looking for a font similar to Viga with Polish characters (Latin), preferably one from Google Web Fonts.
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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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Fitting text into a Letter using inkscape?

Can someone please help me figure out how to add text into the shape of a LETTER using inkscape? I keep trying and nothing happens. I type out the letter using the text tool, click object to path. ...
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How to add catchwords using InDesign

Many books before 1800 used a feature called catchwords, repeating the first word of the page at the bottom of the previous page. Wikipedia has a small article on them and there's a good question ...
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Software for creating fonts

What consumer-usable tools exist for font creation? Ideally I'd like an OSS solution, but inexpensive commercial offerings are viable, too.
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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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Which font is used in G+ social?

Any ideas which font is being used for Google Plus social "g"?
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Creating a custom grid for a logo in Illustrator

I always wondered how to create a those custom grids like you can see on David Pache's works (http://dribbble.com/helveticbrands) and Igor Duibanov. I found out how to create a tangent to a circle ...
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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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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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Is line height related to the typeface used in css?

I am trying to figure out how line-height in css works. I am setting body line-height to 1.5em ( 24px ). And I am using a link tag with font-size 24px. I am expecting the total height of the inline ...
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Please check my kerning for this logo

could you please check the kerning for this logo? I'm a UI designer not a graphic designer. I have no confidence with kerning/letter spacing but I have to do this nonetheless. If this is not the ...
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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 do you call this distorted text effect and how can I reproduce it?

I came acorss this picture online, but i'm not sure how to achieve it, its not overlay right? I think.
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What is the font used in the Backbone.js Logo?

Trying to identify the font used in the Backbone.js logo:
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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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Why do fonts appear blurry in Photoshop?

I'm just getting used to Photoshop and I can't figure out why all my fonts look blurry.
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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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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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Where to find good examples of typography for inspiration?

I am working on a piece where typography is the main design element. However, I can't seem to get the inspiration I need in order to come up with something I like. It would be helpful to me if I had a ...
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What have mustaches to do with typography

It seems that mustaches is a recurring meme amongst creative people in areas of graphic design, typography etc. I am referring to things like these t-shirts [1] or these posters [1], [2], [3], [4] ...
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How to scale a Character without changing its width?

I have to recreate a logo which has been made many years ago and all that is left is a tiny rasterized picture. I want to make a vector file in Illustrator. The logo contains text in, lets say 100 pt, ...
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Tracking in relation to kerning

I understand tracking relates to all pairs and word spaces while kerning relates to specific pairs. I’m wondering about how tracking is related to kerning: Is tracking added to kerning linearly, ...
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Improving readability in MS Word

When using MS Word is an absolute requirement to create a long text document, I usually suggest the following to any given user: Flush-left since MS Word doesn't allow the kind of ...
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Is Fairfield considered a legible typeface?

I was browsing around on linotype.com when I came across Fairfield which I instantly fell in love with. I would seriously like to use Fairfield for almost everything I do (quite a bit of writing, not ...
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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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What are examples of web apps with clean, text-based layouts?

I'm in the process of redesigning a web app with a very simple layout, set mostly by text (similar to Google in both aesthetics and functionality). Do you know any examples of web apps with such ...
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How can I improve these secondary pages without a radical redesign

I am more of a web developer than a web designer so I would appreciate it if I can get some tips on how to improve http://tinyurl.com/7my6g6m 's design/looks and other secondary pages on this site. ...
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How good is the fonts.com webfont solution compared to the current @font-face standard?

I guess the title says it all. I've been successfully working with @font-face (with near-perfect cross-browser support, if you use all the hacks). However, a client really wants to use Helvetica, and ...
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What's the name of this kind of typography combining multiple words into a shape?

I need to know the exact name of below typography technique or the phrase designers use to mention these kinds of artworks. Is there any app or online service to make such images?
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Is there a monospaced font similar to GothamNarrow-Book?

I have a timer running on a video overlay in a mobile application. The font used throughout the app is GothamNarrow-Book. While it looks nice, it is distracting to see the running timer constantly ...
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When designing in the browser how would someone use kerning?

OghmaOsiris asked how would one decide on what is the proper kerning, "Kerning: My Xylophone is off key" and since I have started the transition of designing in the browser I was curious to know how ...
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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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In webdesign how do you calculate the ideal bottom margin for headers?

I've seen a few css frameworks add margin-bottom to heading elements in addition to a large line-height. Example from here. h1 { font-size: 46px; line-height: 50px; margin-bottom: 14px;} h2 { ...
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How should I prepare my fonts to support a Chinese version of my website?

Wondering... Should I first make sure the font I selected for English supports Chinese characters as well, or after selecting any font for English then search for other font for Chinese that matches ...
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Slanted text with background box

Hello fellow creatives! I know this sounds like a stupid question, but this has been driving me insane for ages! How do I achieve the following in adobe illustrator: How do I create a slanted text ...
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Body font pairing for FS Hackney

I'm working on a new brand identity for my software company, and after some research we've reached a consensus that Fontsmith's Hackney (http://www.fontsmith.com/fonts/fs-hackney.cfm) could work well ...
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What points should we take into consideration when choosing a web font?

I want to deepen my knowledge in typography, more specifically, web typography. I'm looking for good information for this purpose, but I'm not finding anything good. I see many people talking badly ...
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Anti aliasing for skewed typography in PS

The white rectangle that contains the typography is a Smart Object that was skewed with Edit > Transform > Perspective. The problem is that when the it's skewed and then resized (smaller) the text ...