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Do discretionary ligatures hold any other purpose than visual?

Discretionary ligatures are non-standard ligatures such as: st and ct in Atlantica LF font Are they purely visual or is there any other reasoning to back it up? Psychological? Letter-press related? ...
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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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Is this an effect or a type of font?

I have seen a lot this type of fonts (the ones in the bar). It is a relief effect or the font is just like that?
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Cognitive Science-Related Font?

Looking for fonts that have anything to do with cognitive science. E.g., a type that somehow evokes either brains, thoughts, science, biology, psychology, connectionist networks, mind, etc. Anyone ...
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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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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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Object > Expand on font seems to change the weight of the font

I am creating a logo for a client, I have two simple lines of text in Ai. I have duplicated the logo and moved the copy below the original so I can compare the 2. It seems that when I do Object > ...
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Should underline clash with text descenders?

CSS3’s text-decoration module includes a text-underline-position property, which specifies whether the underline should be positioned below the whole text:            or just below baseline, letting ...
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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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How wide should the word space after nobiliary particles be? (von, de la, …)

Is it preferable to write a thin space after nobiliary particles (von, de la, …)? Does for example Miguel de\,Cervantes y\,Saavedra look better than the standard width spaced equivalent?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Building hand-written fonts for lettering

I am looking to build a custom font from my handwriting for lettering a comic. what professional tools exist to build such a font and export it into one of the mainstream formats (TTF, OpenType, or ...
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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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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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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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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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I want to find a good font combination based on existing design

I am designing a mobile site for an existing website that was made in early 2000's. The existing logo uses a bold version of Bodini with smaller text which uses a thin sans serif typeface. The ...
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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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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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Possible fonts for tabs in technical site heading hierarchy [closed]

As we sort of came to accept as an axiom - the heading fonts for any document should be arranged in an hierarchy, and the hierarchy font choices should make sense and match. I have a design that ...
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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 ...