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Questions about the theoretical side of typography, history, classification, usage.

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Proper optical size usage for variable typefaces

How do I know which optical size to use accordingly to pt/px size? For example, Newsreader goes as low as "1" in the "optical size" axis in it's variable alternative. Does that ...
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Is there a concept for fragmented text?

To deep down the problem in How to decorate strings of text as nodes if they span across multiple lines?, I want to better analyze the problems in these texts. Basically they have borders and colored ...
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Anyone know a similar typeface?

I’m struggling to find a family that has a similar feel to the type on the red label. Anyone know of anything that gets close? Somewhat related aside: what terms might you use to describe this ...
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Is all-caps blackletter no longer taboo?

Received typographic wisdom holds that blackletter (“Old English”, “Gothic”) text only looks good in lower case or with initial capitalization — never with capital letters in series. However, in the ...
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Pragmatic or theoretic approach towards designing something (mainly logo/branding)?

So basically, I've been studying graphic design or design of visual communication for 4 years and now entering my final year. I've been studying all the elements such as illustration, photography, ...
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Is there a font that has the same height for every character?

It occured to me that in all fonts I know of, different characters have a different height. Why is this so? Are there fonts where all characters have the same height? If so, is there a name for this ...
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Which two letters to use to show the most typographic concepts?

I’m putting letters on a typographic grid complemented by a chart to show and name typographic concepts. The list of terms shouldn’t be exhaustive, but should contain the most important ones, e.g.: ...
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Paragraph Orphans

My teacher said that, technically, an orphan have at least 3 characters or less at the end of a paragraph or column. But mostly on every site about design and type I always find that an orphan is just ...
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Roman type in MS Mincho/SimSun

Some time ago I had drawn attention to the font MS Mincho, namely its Latin set. Same (or very close) Latin set is used also in SimSun font and some others with asian titles. I have to say, I'm ...
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What is the standard proportion of a font's descent?

Is there a standard descent that fonts use as a proportion of their font height? It seems like their is as if you use multiple common fonts in the same sentence, all of their baselines appear to ...
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How can a novice designer further their culture of typography?

In my teaching I've encountered a problem that is recurring among new students. They often aren't aware of when fonts were created, if they are overused (Brush Script, Comic Sans MS, Papyrus...) but ...
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When does a font become a font?

As an offshoot of this interesting question, "Wire" (one dimensional) font, I'd like to ask, when does a Font become a Font? What are the minimum requirements to call something a font? Can ...
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Optical adjustment guidelines for typographic curvature

When designing a geometric sans, such as Futura, do you adjust the thickness of a circular arc for a better visual match to a straight stroke? I'm hoping for a formula like “a circular arc of inner ...
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Why don't upper case numbers exist?

Capital letters add a lot to text in various ways, for names, brands, emphasis (although capitalisation for emphasis is frowned upon) Why then, are there no upper case numbers?
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What font characteristics are associated with luxury and wealth?

There's a lot about color theory but not as much about type theory. For example silver, gold, black, deep purple are often associated with luxury and wealth. What charactertics should a font have to ...
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