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Looking for feedback on kerning and custom type treatment

Working on a logo wordmark for a pasta fast food chain. They wanted something very simple and typographic. There will be a little grunge treatment after this but i first want to get the kerning and ...
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Sans vs Serif: Research Studies Only

I hear all the time that "serif is better in print and sans is better on screen", but I've never seen any research backing that up. It seems like it's just based on people seeing serif in print their ...
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Line Height of Font

I am designing my own font with Type 3.2. I have exported the font as an .otf and it is working well. However, for some reason the line height seems to work differently with my new font than the ...
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Should Widgets Follow the Vertical Rhythm?

When designing for a vertical rhythm on the web, should form elements also follow along with the rhythm? I am currently working on developing a new set of guidelines and patterns for an enterprise ...
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Where to place text labels in custom color picker

I created a color picker for a website, and I am having one problem regarding the layout of some text. Above the color picker, there will be a "New Color", and "Original Color". I'm having a hard ...
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What are logos of these kind called? (Logos with a well defined square or rectangle)

Below are some logos with a well defined square or rectangle. What are logos of these kind called?
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Are there ways to make a font more legible at smaller sizes?

What techniques can be used to make a given font more legible at smaller sizes (in the 6-9pt range, for example)? Will legibility be entirely dependent on the font used, or are there other design ...
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What is the difference between small caps and capitals?

In this font landing page "small caps" and "capitals" are being differentiated. Why? What is the difference in appearance and utility? See for example this font that includes both capitals and small ...
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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 increase the font size without making the text look bloated?

I want to spread a couple of words along a 1440px wide carousel. Sub 30px font size is good, but everything beyond that just destroys the beautiful elegance of the Baskervile typeface I am working ...
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Font with ZERO spacing

I'm looking for a font with ZERO spacing surrounding the characters, specifically numbers 0-9. Matching math symbols, specifically: +, -, ×, ÷, =, should be centered horizontally and vertically in ...
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Extra emphasis on boldface, sans-serif font, with constraints on colour

I am writing a pdf report. I have the following list. The problem I have is the underline to add extra emphasis. It seems out of fashion to underline for emphasis, though I admit there's not much ...
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Typefaces with specific legibility characteristics & licensing

Are there any typefaces possessing all of the following characteristics? Vox-ATypI classical, modern, or glyphic I, l and 1 mutually distinct & identifiable without reference to each other rn ...
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How do students practice using fonts when they can't afford them?

So far all the research I've gathered points me to: 1) get pirated ones depending on who you know 2) free fonts-enough said 3) system fonts that you will be scrutinised for being amateurish? How ...
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Why is Garamond italic all wonky?

The angle of the 'upright' strokes in Garamond italic is different between capitals and lowercase. See, for instance, the discrepancy between the "I" and the "t" of "Italic" in the following ...
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Font identification, similar to Helvetica Condensed

I'm looking for the font used in the word "Honor" from the posters below (click for larger size, image taken from the brilliant designers at Watson from The Jungle Book Social on Behance): ...
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Quotation marks in body text in italic or not?

When styling body copy, is it more correct to have the quation marks in italics as well as the quote. Example A Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec mi turpis, tempus ut ...
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Is kerning also applied when there is a space between characters?

The Wikipedia article stats that kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. For intance when we ...
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Workflow problems and Proofreading

I have a situation with my company. Every time there's a project I never get the final copy to start my design work. The constant changes and many hands getting involved is making my workflow suffer ...
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Consistent angles in my font

I'm early(ish) in the process of designing a font, and need some advice. All the vertical terminals (excluding top/bottom of stems) end with a cut at a specific angle. This is consistent throughout ...
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Where should drop cap be suitable?

I wonder where drop caps should be used. So far, I only see them in column of newspaper. Are there any cases which drop caps shouldn't be used, like in scientific papers or brochures?
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What kind of job title would this be as a graphic designer?

I am currently a graphic design major at Academy of Art University finishing up my associates degree and I would like to go into the typography field of work. I am leaning toward being a layout artist ...
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What is the name for making words equal in length?

I'm trying to find the term (if any exists) for this: What is it called when the size of individual or groups of words are increased proportionally in size so that they are all the same width?
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Is it possible to set the underline thickness with Scribus?

I'm experiencing a strange behaviour with Scribus; I'm using version 1.5.1, I don't know if it's relevant but I'm under openSUSE. I have noticed that when I try to underline the text, the thickness ...
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What font alternatives exist for Bremen Bd BT?

The ideal alternative would have a “slated S” (as the Bremen one) but will not have the different stroke widths within the same letter (i.e. I'm looking for a more uniform stroke in the font like ...
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Why do most of the well known currency symbols have strikeouts in their symbols?

We encounter currency symbols every day as shorthand for a currency’s name, especially in reference to amounts of money. Most, like these common currency symbols, have strikeouts in their sign. ...
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What are beginner’s books on typography?

Hum, for some reason I would like to buy myself a book about typography. I have a lot of interest in this field, and already have some knowledge learnt from reading Typophile now and then, among other ...
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How to learn typographic design? [duplicate]

Please suggest some books or some courses I can take online. Given that I know nothing about typography or design.
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How to create my own font?

Can someone tell me which program I use to make my own font? I am aware that letters in a font file are vector-based, and that I can use a vector program like Adobe Illustrator to design and export ...
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Aligning letters “Wrong” appears more “Right”

I'm currently working on a logo for a client. Here is the work in progress. It seems obvious to me that the S should align with the line above. I feel that the best way of aligning it however is to ...
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What are some typefaces to pair with Bauhaus?

I have been given a small web project for an ecommerce store. The logo uses Bauhaus 93 and I am struggling to find good fonts to pair with this. Image borrowed from Identifont Particularly I would ...
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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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Why is an el­lip­sis represented by one single character rather than a sequence of kerned dots?

An Ellipsis (Unicode character U+2026 and HTML symbol …) is a series of dots – typically three – that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence … as Wikipedia ...
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Designing Fashion Stationary Brand - Commercial Font use

I'm in the preliminary stages of producing a fashion stationary brand with a view to create notepads, organiser sheets, journals, list pads etc. What considerations do i need to take into account for ...
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Borrowing punctuation from another typeface

I am designing a piece of editorial and using Univers throughout, except for the pull quotes where I have used the quotation marks from Gotham instead as I feel they are more distinctive and ...
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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 are the origins of the commercial minus sign (⁒)?

While reading the Wikipedia article about the Plus and minus signs I found the so called commercial minus sign (Unicode character U+2052 and HTML symbol ⁒). It looks similar to an Obelus ...
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Setting left aligned type

What are the best tools available in InDesign to control left aligned body copy so that you avoid unattractive line endings and paragraph shapes? I have a lot of text to work with and would like to ...
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How to typeset a missing word correctly?

What is the typographically correct way to typeset a missing or left out word in a sentence? For example, "You should brush your ——— every morning!". Where "teeth" would be the word intentionally ...
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When and why did spaces around an em dash originally appear?

Today, the usage of spaces around an em dash in English depends on the publisher's style. But in scanned old books, I find only unspaced em-dashes—similar to this one. (Moreover, in printing, the em ...
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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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What is the difference between a font and a typeface?

Originally, the typeface is a particular design of type, while a font is a type in a particular size and weight. In short, a typeface usually gathers many fonts. Nowadays, with the digital design of ...
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Changing the position of outlines in Skech & Toon on Cinema 4d

I'm trying to add a thick, comic-book style outline to text using the sketch and toon rendering effect in C4D. When the outline is set to a high thickness it becomes apparent that it is drawn based ...
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Font weight considerations (printing cost, ergonomics, etc)

I'm curious if there are any known ergonomic effects of font weight choice. I already understand, for example, that the relative contrast of font color and background is important to reduce eye ...
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How to describe this text alignment feature with varied font sizes

Originally posted in the English Stack Exchange, but was suggested to post here. I see it all the time in Facebook posters and memes where each row of text is of a different sized font, but with the ...
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Strange sidebearing problem with a couple of characters on font. (ubuntu titling)

I have a LGPL licensed font, that I am currently using for my website. The font works well, except for a couple of characters (. and ,). At times, depending on which characters are surrounding it, ...
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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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Merging pen lines to create logo

I have finally got my logo to where I want it in illustrator, and I want to preserve all of my pen lines and strokes but just make it one joined object, so that I can transform it and move it around. ...
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What’s the right character for a minus sign?

Almost everywhere I see the so called hyphen-minus (Unicode character U+002D and HTML symbol &#45) used as a minus sign, which is actually the standard hyphen character (Unicode character U+2010 ...