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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Fonts for technical reports

I'm building an MS Word template for my reports. I am not sure what to use for fonts. I see lots of reports from clients and others using Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Calibri, Cambrai, ...
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Issue with Calibri typeface in Photoshop CS4

I have a very instersting issue with Photoshop CS4 and the Calibri typeface that I was hoping somebody would be able to help with. Certain characters when typed next to each other produce an odd ...
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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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What is a good serif font that goes with DIN Black for detail?

I am designing a business card, and was using DIN Black as a title font. I was thinking of putting the contact information in Georgia, underneath. Anyone have any experience working with DIN Black as ...
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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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What's the best way to make a curly brace used for grouping items together?

Many documents (especially older ones) use what looks like a curly brace { to join multiple elements together. Here's an example of this to illustrate programming code, and here's a thread about ...
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Should I use Illustrator or Photoshop for Collateral Design?

I am creating a web advertising rate card. Basically a brochure. It will be a PDF file. Should I do brochure designs or collateral designs using Illustrator and then import the non vector images from ...
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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 correct name of this typographic pattern?

What is the correct technical term for the swirls above and below the names in the image below?
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What's wrong with Droid fonts?

I have seen on various places that people consider Droid font family with contempt. In latest Android it has been replaced with another family called Roboto. I'm interested in why is that, from ...
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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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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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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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Help me identify this font or something close to it?

I'm looking for the font 1:30 in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plhgyp0KNQQ: The Adam Tensta text is in a font that I think is used in the old game Street Fighter, but I'm not sure, and I ...
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How can I achieve this effect on my text?

I have recently scattered through the portfolio of a designer named Nicolas Girard, and noticed this fascinating typography art: I looked through the entire web and in every Photoshop and ...
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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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What does “letterfit” mean?

I started reading The Elements of Typographic Style and found the term "letterfit". I'm unsure as to what it means. It doesn't appear in the glossary of terms of the book. Is it related to kerning?
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What are the various fonts / typefaces used here?

I love kinetic typography, and the latest video by David Guetta, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO9THtRWb2s uses it in an interesting way. Instead of just using text as a 2D element, they've made ...
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Adjust Vertical Position of a Single Character in InDesign? [closed]

I have a paragraph with a rather large line height (38pt), and I need the very last character to be positioned lower than the other characters. Is there a good way to do this without resorting to ...
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How can i make the alphabet beautiful? (web) [closed]

I'm working on a directory type of page where I will have your typical "A B C D E ..." alphabet posted on top so people can jump down to listings starting with their letter of choice. The alphabet ...
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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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The selection and use of typefaces for the non-designer

I am looking for a short, concise resource that will help me better choose and use typefaces. I think the ideal resource would have a thoughtfully chosen list of about a dozen of the most important ...
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Vertical rhythm/baseline grid in Web Design

I recently read some articles about the importance of good vertical rhythm/using a baseline grid for good typography in web design. I decided to try using a baseline grid, like the 960 grid pictured ...
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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 is typographically right: 100€ or 100 €? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is supposed to be a white space between the number and the € sign. 100€ or 100 €
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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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Typeface or font for children's signage

What are good typefaces for use with children's signage (don't say Comic sans). Im looking for something playful yet legible. By children, I mean elementary school age (and younger).
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Why do newspapers use multiple columns?

This might not be the right place to ask, but I was wondering why newspapers use multiple columns? Does it take up less space, or is there a visual reason?
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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 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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What are the best widely-distibuted typefaces when I don't have access to commercial alternatives?

I frequently find myself producing printed material without the luxury of using commercial typefaces. What typefaces typically installed with operating systems or software applications are good ...
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RTL support in sIFR, Cufon, and Typeface.js

I want to use some font-embedding technology for a website which uses right-to-left language. I don't know which of these alternative ways of font-embedding support right-to-left languages. If they ...
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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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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 create SVG for good typography on the web without buying Illustrator?

I have a web font which I would like to display using SVG instead of in HTML. The reason for this is that I want to display large typographically beautiful text, and I don't see any way of getting the ...
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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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Different font colours for accent marks in Unicode

I am working on an application which uses some Thai script. Many vowels in Thai script are written as what could best be described as accent marks above consonants. For example, in the word: กึด ...
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what is the largest glyph width in Arial?

Im designing a DIV container that will contain some rows of text. Every row can contain 0 to 35 chars. I need to specify a fixed width for the div, but I cannot predict how "wide" the string can be. ...
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Font Identification

I recently discovered this font in the July/August edition of Little White Lies Magazine. Here's an example of the font: Is anyone familiar with this font? I have used WhatTheFont to try and find ...
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Is there a typographical term for vertically-stacked characters?

I recently discovered this type technique in the July/August edition of Little White Lies Magazine. Here's an example of the typography: I wish to know, is there a term for the technique of ...
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What is the best font for use in legal contracts?

What are the best font for legal contracts, and why?
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Difference between kerning vs letter spacing?

What is the difference between kerning vs. letter spacing?
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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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What characters are good to start with when designing a typeface?

Given many characters in a typeface build on others and even just a couple of characters can reveal a lot of the features of a given typeface, what characters are good to start with when designing a ...
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What can I do with AFM - Adobe font metrics file?

I received zip containing font in .afm format. Is this some sort of source-code of a font that can be converted TTF/OTF or so? How can I actually read and use this file?
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Why all the hate? --Two spaces after the period

The nuns enforced it with a ruler: two spaces after a period at the end of a sentence. I, along with many others do this instinctively. Why is this considered incorrect/improper in printed materials ...
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What would be a cool yet simple way to style an “!” with just CSS?

I want to create a cool looking yet simple exclamation mark with just CSS. Anyone have any cool ideas?
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I want to learn how to select appropriate colors and fonts for a new site

I'm developing a new site, and although I know enough basic programming to make the site, I'm not artistically inclined enough to make the site look nice. So, I was hoping I could get some suggestions ...
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Using CamelCase in a logo

I'm looking forward to getting a logo created for my company. My partners and I have distinct views should we use CamelCase in the logo or not. For example: boffr vs bOffr This made me wonder: when ...
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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 ...