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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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“Throw my hands up in the air” similar font [closed]

I want to find font for my logo project,The font can be seen on this website http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/# "It's our 10th birthday" It is handwritten font,after researching i found that it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How can we design a better Restaurant Menu?

My team and I are involved on a re-brand for a vegan restaurant. Most of the print collateral has sailed through the approvals process. The trickiest item so far is the menu. We laid the type out in ...
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How to design the letter ß (eszett or sharp S)

When designing a typeface, how should I design the letter ß? Looking at existing typefaces there seems to be a some variations of how the character is designed. It seems that the letter (called an ...
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What are the origins of terms “em” and “en” as typographic units?

As you know one of the most common versions of the dash in typography are the en dash "–" (Unicode character U+2013 and HTML symbol –) as well as the em dash "—" (Unicode ...
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How to use tracking on serif headings on web?

Is there a simple principle or a "rule of thumb" for using tracking on serif headings on a web page (or in general)? And most importantly what's the reasoning behind it? For example I could ...
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When designing a latin-based typeface, how are diacritics handled?

I was looking into designing a font that could include characters with diacritics but outside of knowing any other language besides English I was unsure if there was a reference or method designers ...
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What's the centered fluffy art piece called in an article

I know this, but I can't recollect at all. What is this thing called? They are usually centered in a book or writing and I'm certain they have a name but I can't remember for the life of me. ...
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What are some common kerning pairs?

Setting up good kerning is one of the most important parts of designing a typeface. Cheap or free fonts often have bad or non existent kerning and it gets incredibly tedious having to manually kern ...
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Critique my web page's color and typography [closed]

This is a task management web app. I'm looking for design critiques and feedback in terms of typography, colors, and UX. You can see the site working here with comments to specific areas where I'm ...
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Hand-written typography

I'm interested in whats the methods you would use to create a typographic effect similar to this poster (click for larger size) The part I'm referring to the the title "7 Letters".
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Why is this thumbnail text so beautiful?

This image is the thumbnail for this nerdwriter video. I'm about to begin a youtube series of my own, and I want my thumbnails to be that simple and beautiful, and I'm trying to understand how this ...
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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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Vertically centered colon for time

This article discusses the vertically centered colon in Apple's San Francisco font. My webapp uses the Montserrat font, specified in CSS as follows: @font-face { font-family: ...