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Questions tagged [typography]

Questions about the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible. Text is composed to create a readable, coherent, and visually satisfying whole.

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What is the usage of an underline, an overline, or both, around small word such as “the” and “and” called?

You see this often in a store sign, headings in menus, and so on, but small words such as "the" or "and" in a all-caps heading sometimes appear with an underline, an overline, or both, with the ...
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What is the name for these serif-like features of stereotypical “Old West” lettering?

Looking at the dedication plaque on the Salt Lake Temple, I was moved to wonder: What's the deal with this stereotypically "American Old West" style of lettering, where almost every letter has sort of ...
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Typeset similar to that used in the Encyclopædia Britannica [closed]

Can anyone tell me the name of a typeface that closely mimics (or is exactly representative of) the one used in the fifth edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, 5th Edition? I have included a picture ...
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Typography - Understanding Practical Font Hinting - Using FontLab VI

I'm sort of a n00b when it comes to typography - but I have started to learn more using FontLab VI. I have created a simple custom font - but I still have no idea how to do custom font hinting. When ...
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What are the dots at the ends of letters called?

Some typefaces with serifs, have on some ends round blobs, to simulate the little blob a pen would leave, if written with one. For example, in IBM Plex Serif: The pink dots are the parts I mean. They ...
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How to wrap type around a ring? [closed]

How I can wrap type like this?
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What typefaces were used in the Government’s Brexit leaflet of 2016? [closed]

Can anyone tell me what typefaces are used here?
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How can I Select typefaces to suggest historic or cultural context? [closed]

I want information about historic or cultural context in choosing typeface
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How can I add those white lines inside the letters

I am just wondering how I can add those white, light reflection kind of lines inside the Font just how it is in the Nesquik logo in Photoshop CC
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Kinetic typography technique (After Effects)

I have been breaking my head analysing how this effect, and many others from this Studio could be produced within After Effects... Any pointers extremely welcome Link to effect in question: https://...
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Is that a good kerning?

What do you think of this kerning? What adjustments should I make?
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The grid system of the brochure for Die Neue Typographie

This is page 35 from the book Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type. In this page author give us an example of the brochure for Die Neue Typographie. I can't understand how this grid system ...
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Weak Axial Relationships according to Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type

I'm confused about this sentence in page 12 of the book "Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type": This relationships is weak because the interior alignments are minimal Is it because the ...
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Which open source font is closest to Airbnb's Cereal Font?

I love Airbnb's Cereal Font but I'd like to find something totally open source for my project. Which font is closest?
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How to find: Boldest font readable at a small size?

I'm not sure how to communicate this to the various font search engines online. I want something that is going to be extremely bold, like as bold as possible, so bold it almost spills out of the glyph....
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What is the difference between a well constructed and a poorly constructed font?

I'm speaking of both, fonts optimised for print, and fonts optimised for screens. Serif and sans-serif doesn't matter. Commercial or free — also doesn't matter. What matters is the quality of the ...
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Why does the small h letter in Garamond italic bend inward?

The small h letter in Garamond italic usually bends inward, as the following: Sometimes it's difficult to distinguish it with b. Can anyone give some (historical) reason for that?
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How can I better incorporate the “i” into this logo?

At school there is a room for people to create using things like 3D Printers, vinyl cutters, plotters, etc. I have 2 problems with this. One, when the icon is by itself, it looks like it's missing a ...
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Differences between Proxima Nova Cond and Proxima Nova A Cond?

Trying to get this font for a client and got stuck trying to figure out the difference(s) between Proxima Nova Cond and Proxima Nova A Cond? I notice the lowercase 'a' is different (together with all ...
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Variation of proportion of non-Latin fonts

Wondering what the proportions are generally (just some rough proportions that span the spectrum) of glyphs in different non-Latin fonts. For example, I noticed that some Chinese characters are not ...
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The dimensions of a monospaced font

I have never made a font so bare with me if this is a beginner question. I am wondering what the dimensions are of a monospaced font. I understand that since it is monospaced every glyph has the same ...
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How to vertically space all-caps lines with accented characters like circumflexes

I'm trying to lay out a block of several lines of all-caps copy. I want the lines to be evenly spaced. However when letters such as Ô and È are included in a line, they "collide" with the preceding ...
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drop cap in inkscape

I decided to create drop cap styled paragraphs in my Inkscape project as in here, however I cannot find any tutorial on how to proceed with initials as general (link on initials Wiki). I can imagine, ...
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Looking for feedback for typeface

I have created the following font: I want to get feedback on aesthetic consistency Is the font consistent and aesthetic? I am not looking for feedback on kerning levelling Please consider: the ...
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Why is there none of the lighter weights of Helvetica Rounded?

I know there are other options, just curious if anyone knew why the limited range.
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Why have different font faces for title, text body and graphs in texts?

I have read several recommendations, e.g. this one to use different font families for titles (sans-serif), the text body (serif) and graphs (sans-serif). This is also what the default article document ...
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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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How to make a font file bold/italic

Basically, I downloaded Google fonts, that do not have bold/italic variants. I can make them bold/italic with css, but I also have to use the .ttf file (which is only normal) in ffmpeg. There is no ...
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Best separator between key and description in a text-only legend

What is the optimal kind of separator in a legend to use between a key and description? For example, in this specific case: A001 - Description for A001, A002 - Description for A002, A003 - ...
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Why isn't the number 8 character vertically symmetrical?

The number 8 character in most fonts has a slightly larger bottom circle than top circle. Why is it designed that way?
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Figuring out the Ligatures/Kernings of a Font

There are ways to measure text in the browser, taking into account the font size. However, you could get a performance improvement if you only measure the different characters, and then you combine ...
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How was this distorted line text effect achieved?

The tapering of the white lines varies in severity and shape throughout. I'm guessing a lot of tinkering was involved here, but curious as to the general effect and how it's achieved. It's pretty ...
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Is binding correction necessary for a single-sided, bound document?

In book design, the combined inner margins of the recto and verso pages should add up to the outer margin of a single page (of course there are different designs). When I open a book, I see: left ...
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How can I balance the weight of two individual shapes in a logo?

I'm creating my own avatar with letters V and K. Now, I like the idea that I have used but I'm finding it difficult to "balance" the logo. Please see image. Left part is for V and right part is for K. ...
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How is this Chinese character with boxes in the background font achieved on iOS?

I was wondering how this text effect was achieved? The characters appear with boxes behind them on desktop versions as well (this is from Instagram) and i’m wondering how this was achieved and where I ...
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What are the gaps in a stencil called?

To be useful as stencils, stencil letters usually have cuts in letter forms to hold the interior spaces in place. Is there are name for these cuts?
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Why is Corbel listed as bad font for body text in Butterick's Practical Typography?

We are creating branding guidelines for a nonprofit voluntary organization. Only around 10 people will create content, but a lot more people will need to be able to view documents and publications ...
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Does restricting oneself to a typeface allow that typeface's variants?

If I'm limited to only a typeface, can I still use its font variants (like various weights and italics) and have it still be considered only a typeface?
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How to make arc text effect in Illustrator?

I'm wondering how can I achieve such an effect in Illustrator or Photoshop. I think that part of the trick is to place text on arc, but then you also need to give it a little bit of perspective, like ...
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Avenir Next: odd 'u' height

I've recently inherited a brand which uses Avenir Next as its primary font. Looking through previous documents I have noticed the height of certain characters seem to be off, with the u being the most ...
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Font that doesn't move when text is edited

What is the characteristic of a font called when each symbol has its own space and it cannot move the other symbols after changing. For example, if I have time in the format hour:minute:second, and ...
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Adobe After Effects/Animate/Illustrator: How to animate type/graphics ?

I was wondering how i could use adobe software to create animations like these https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj0YpI9jC9y/?taken-by=seesaw.show https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjeuh_Xhi7x/?taken-by=...
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Should a typographical scale refer to line-height or to the font-size?

First of all, I want to apologize to any serious typographers for using the names of css-attributes instead of proper names. With "font-size" I mean here the defined font-size as one would in css (...
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Open Source Equivalent to Humana Sans?

Humana Sans is out of my price range for App licensing, I'm hoping to find something similar that's open source: https://www.linotype.com/169295/itc-humana-sans-medium-product.html?licenseAvlType=4&...
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What letter is ム?

Does anyone know what letter this is? I have been trying to figure out what letter this is. I don't even know if its a letter and I don't know if its in a different language and font. It looks like ...
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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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Stem typography width

How can I change in Illustrator the stem width of the "2" to have similar to "0"?
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How to change the perspective on text that is angled?

I'm trying to take something like this: And change the perspective so the base line can be flat like this:
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Kinetic Typography ( After Effects / Cinema 4D )

I would like to ask if anyone knows in which software these are done and if you know any tutorial that would help me learn this style. I am quite interested in typography and would love to play with ...
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Linking text layers in sketch

I have a text layer and other one is also a text layer applied Gaussian blur. Is there any way we can link two text layer such that as soon as we change one text layer text, other gaussian blurred ...