Questions tagged [typefaces]

Questions about families of letter shapes. Use [typefaces] when you'd use "song" (e.g. "I love that song/typeface..."), and [fonts] when you'd use "MP3" ("...so I'm going to buy the MP3/font for it").

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What are the function of EM and EN spaces?

I know the EM is bound to the current font size, I know EN means the half of an EM in measure, the first is called a mutton, the second a nut, awesome. I know a EM and EN spaces are the equivalent in ...
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visual typeface search tool

Fontshop.com used to have (at least I think it was them) a index of typefaces that you could use visual / structural specifics to search through their library of typefaces. It gave options for things ...
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Considerations when using multiple font faces (on webpage or CD cover)

I’m experimenting with fonts for learning purposes, and I noticed that using only one font type looks many times plain, but using more can easily make a mess out of my webpage and CD cover (these are ...
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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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Type foundries which allow free test version downloads

We've all seen the usual routine where normally a type foundry or shop will preview live text and allow a ridiculous PNG or GIF download. However, a few smaller foundries do offer actual font files as ...
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Help Identify the Japanese and Chinese Fonts as Pictured

I'm trying to identify the fonts used in the attached images. I suspect that the Japanese sample is a Dynacomware font, but I don't see a match on FontShop. I think it’s been discontinued by the ...
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What characteristics define a technical typeface?

I was reading this other question in GD.SE and suddenly realized that I don't know what exactly defines a technical typeface. It is very clear to me what defines a serif / sans-serif / cursive, but ...
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How to determine a typeface's origin and whether I have a license?

I am currently working on the cover of a book. I'd really like to include the typeface Rockwell Extra Bold which is installed on my system. However Rockwell Extra Bold seems not to be installed ...
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Looking for old Open Type font

I have to recreate this logo, and I have exhausted my considerable font finding resources. Judging by the OTF swashes and accents, the design looks very 80's / 90's or so to me. Possibly even 70's. ...
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What are the historical origins of Helvetica?

This issue of a typeface's heritage is of particular interest when attempting to pair faces. The nuances of related faces tend to harmonize well, whether that relation is grounded in history or the ...
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Why is Verdana's lower-case pi symbol so similar to an n?

Verdana (the default font of a lot of sites for Windows users) has a symbol that looks like an n for pi: In Arial, another common font for windows, this looks as expected: According to this comment: ...
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What is this table-like way of presenting fonts called?

I often find this kind of table to present a font, showing a sample of characters, the name of the font, a word (random?), and the alphabet. There's a lot of them in the Wikipedia page about the Vox-...
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What the name of the part of the character that holds the counters and the eyes in a stencil typeface?

Is the a name to the shape that connects the outside of a stencil letter to its interior enabling the letter to be cut through and retain its counters.
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What is it called when all the characters are typed out for typeface examination?

Sometimes when choosing typefaces, it is helpful to examine all the characters so you aren't surprised when (for example) the dollar sign looks unusual. Beyond typing "the quick brown fox", what is ...
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Strange type behaviours, some rounded letters seem larger

I have a weird thing happening with this font. It's Avenir. I've used it in the past with no issues, but this one seems to pop up once in awhile. The issue if not obvious is that some letters appear ...
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Is Optima Roman or Optima Medium the Optima.ttc found in Mac OS X?

I'm currently working with a relatively small event run by volunteers and we want to be consistent across our publications. Currently we use Optima for the body text in our publications, but it's ...
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What category of font is the Vox logo?

I'm trying to find a certain style of font but I'm not sure what to search for. It's the same font as in the Vox News logo. Also something like the Harriet Display family.
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Why does Consolas scale so well on Windows?

I was trying to make a font from scratch. I always admired Consolas and I wanted a clean style similar to it. The problem is that my font doesn't scale as well as Consolas. This is an example of my ...
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Is there a name for digits/figures which fit in the x-height?

Is there a name for a set of figures which fit into the x-height (or thereabouts) in a typeface? Lining figures explicitly do not: While old-style figures have ascenders and descenders: In the old-...
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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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Is there anyway to convert all texts to outlines in Sketch App?

I was using Sketch to make a cover photo, and there are many words in it. I have to convert every text to online, so I have to open layer folders and select each text in it by myself. Is there any ...
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OpenType Features - Adaptable typefaces

I have a typeface I've developed that comes in two variations, one spans horizontally whilst the other vertically. At the moment they sit as two OTFs. What I would like to do is create an OpenType ...
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Typeface suggestions for both family programming and contemporary art

I work at a fairly large not-for-profit arts/cultural organization that hosts diverse activities from children's art camps to family cultural events and contemporary art/performance. We use Trade ...
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If there's a semibold weight, why isn't there a semiitalic slope?

If there's a semibold weight, why isn't there a semiitalic slope? For example, if a font has a regular slant of 0 degrees and an italic slant of about 18 degrees, the semiitalic slant would be about ...
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Libre font databases with fine-grained faceted search

I'm having difficulty finding suitable libre typefaces. Some sites, like Google Fonts, provide a small amount of faceted searching (or search filtering, if you prefer), but I haven't found any sites ...
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How can I create a font from my handwriting?

A quick Google search turns up many websites that claim to make a customized script font from a sample of your handwriting. How do they compare, and would you recommend any such service? Are there ...
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Dots placing incorrectly in multiple language document

I'm translating a book from English to Persian where some of the words need to still be in English and it's a mix of Right to Left and Left to Right reading directions. my language is persian and ...
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How to know which second typeface should be used, given a contextual typeface?

When searching for how to "italicize" a word in an italic context, I come up with an idea that changing the typeface is the solution that still convey the psychological effect that an italic-in-roman ...
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How do I remove these transparent pixels?

I've converted this text to outlines, and then I have flattened the transparency, but zooming in on this, there is still transparent pixels. Where the outline is, I would like to export the shape, and ...
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Sticker font - what is it?

Searched a number of tools both automatic and manual and can't identify what this font is. Closest I came were an OCR (but the numbers were wrong) or New Letter Gothic - but that didnt have matching ...
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1 letter used - do I need to buy the entire font?

I am about to finish designing logo. I use two fonts. One I already bought, but the other... I need just one letter from this font but it is not free. Do I need to buy the entire font?
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What properties should a typeface or font for children's signage have while still being playful?

I am looking for a typeface for use with children's signage (don't say Comic sans). I'm looking for something playful yet legible. By children, I mean elementary school age (and younger). What a re ...
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Recognizing font differences

I’m making a flyer in Adobe InDesign. I’ve studied InDesign on my own, but I still need to learn about typography. I want to learn how to recognize fonts differences, e.g., in the following: Are ...
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What does “Pica” mean in the name of a typeface?

I’m wondering what pica means in the following context -also view Pica Roman n°2 from this article, Pica Hole font, and IM Fell DW Pica font: James Mosley summarises [Caslon’s] early work: "Caslon'...
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How do you decide on a typeface? [closed]

Do you go through all your fonts and choose the best one? Do you find a typeface you like and get variations of it? Do you copy your favorite typeface combination from a cool looking website? Do ...
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What are the differences between OFL and Apache License for fonts?

SIL Open Font License is very clear and easy to understand, but I can't understand Apache License. Can anyone tell me the differences between Open Font License and Apache License (especially 2.0)? ...
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Database of font information

I'm looking for a database of font information, specifically limited to those found on Linotype. For example, given the typeface CRONOS, I'd like to be able to know if it is: (sans/slab) serif? ...
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Best practice to creating distorted text?

Trying to practice better on my typographic logos I wanted to challenge myself in creating a distorted text logo but I was unaware if any practices exist when considering pre-existing fonts in regards ...
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How can I continuously transition between a monospaced and a proportional font in text?

I'd like to have text where the proportions of glyph widths continuously change. One extreme would be that all glyphs would have the same width, and the other extreme would be that glyphs usually ...
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How to see all chars in a font from FontForge

I have a pfm/pfb font called Chanakya which I know contains characters outside the 0-255 range eg. (\u2022 has अ). I know this because I can programmatically display the character's code:- But ...
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Adjusting font alignment and size

I'm in the middle of picking a font for a rather sizeable project, and we've largely landed on Migrena Grotesque. Unfortunately, the alignment of this font seems to be a lot lower, and the general ...
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Term for upward slant of horizontals in a typeface

I've noticed that in a lot of typefaces simulating upright hand lettering, the horizontal strokes slant upward. In Comic Sans and Comic Neue, this slant is especially visible on the crossbars of ...
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Free Font similar in style to verlag [closed]

Was wondering if anyone could suggest a free font that is similar in style to Verlag. http://idsgn.org/posts/know-your-type-verlag/ Just looking for an experienced eye's opinion for something that ...
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Is there research on the preference of sans-serif fonts in printed text for Western European countries?

According to an answer on: How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other? For print, in the U.S., body copy is usually set in serif, while in Europe it's ...
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Where do you get your type inspiration or how do you decide on the right type? [closed]

Where do you guys get your inspiration for type and how do you decide the right typeface for your projects?
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How to account for a space in OpenType ligature?

Let's say that I want to replace the character's " ab" with a new character ("_AB"); is it possible to account for this space so that the word "cab" would not include this new character? feature liga ...
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Help identify or find more examples of this font

I am attempting to either "revive" or find a particular font for a project, but seeing as I found it in an old book, I have only been able to find a few examples of its usage. Using the examples below,...
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Crediting a typeface in a finished work

Hey does anyone know how you are supposed to credit (if you are supposed to) the typefaces you have used in a printed work (case in point - design exhibition catalogue for my BA) I've been using ...
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Keeping track of outlined fonts in Illustrator

I'm interested in best practices for keeping track of typefaces in an Illustrator project once the text is converted to outlines. Is information hidden somewhere I don't know about? I sometimes keep ...
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What is an “English serifed design”?

I am reading the book "Typography, Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of Typography", inside the author talks about a english serifed design which would be ...