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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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Modify the width of each digit (0, 1, ..., 9) of a TTF font

We have designed an interface with the Montserrat font, but for many numeric displays (think of a calculator display), the fact that the digits don't have the same letter width and don't align ...
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Corrupted font when exporting to .pdf

I am using InDesign 18.2.1 to download and edit an Adobe template. When exporting (crtl+e) to .pdf, some of the letters disappeared using the original font. Using InDesign friendly fonts (e.g. Calibri,...
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Would you prefer to break a line after a preposition or an article, or would you choose to hyphenate a word instead?

I find that when a line of text ends with an article or a preposition, it disrupts my reading. However, this issue seems lesser when a word is hyphenated. Do you share this experience? Do you have any ...
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How should I solve this text alignment problem in my web design? [closed]

I'm currently building a new website in wix for my company, and I wanted to know if it's a graphic/UI sin to have mismatching headlines with a single line sentence vs double. The website is responsive ...
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Twitter/X Logo Character 𝕏

My question may have more to do with font creation than graphic design. Those of you who have used Twitter/X a lot may have noticed that sometimes people type a special character in their posts or ...
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Editing text: How do I turn a single path into a criss-cross stroke in Illustrator?

I can't seem to find a way to turn the single path in the middle of my letters into a scribble, crisscross, multi line stroke like in the orange image, where you get 3 or 4 strokes that converge. Any ...
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Which characters are supposed to be italic in an italic font?

I've been looking at a few italic fonts on my system and while letters and numbers are always slanted, certain symbols often seem to be skipped. Some examples include the vertical bar (|), the ...
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Reproducing the darkness of printed type

When I use a typeface I have seen in print and output the copy on my laser printer, the type is always lighter than what I saw in print. I assume this is because offset printing causes some spread of ...
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When I reference a local font, do I need a font license?

If I use Helvetica Neue on my site, but I only use it if it is installed locally on a device. Do I at this point still need a licence to use it on my site? I know that if you load a font into your ...
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Simplify single shape in Illustrator to remove overlapping

I have a shape in SVG format for a logo from a non-Illustrator source. In Illustrator this is a single <Compound Path>. This is not multiple paths to merge which I know how to do and plenty of ...
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Is there a way to override a Mac system font

I am using Avenir Next Condensed.ttc which is a Mac system font. This is my client's brand font. My Mac OS and my Adobe software are all up to date. The Mac system font does not reproduce well when ...
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Mac system font Avenir Next Condensed lower case 'u' not reproducing correctly

I am using the Mac system font Avenir Next Condensed.ttc in Adobe InDesign and Acrobat for a client. The font is not reproducing well--the lower case "u" has a larger X height than other ...
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What is the name for a seemingly rare dingbat

There is a dingbat (glyph) that I have seen twice, once in a book published in 1947 and one in an e-book (and probably in the print version) published in 2012. In the first case it is used as a ...
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Should a footnote number be placed after a plural's S?

Greetings I've been recently working on a small piece of documentation file using beginner-level LaTeX. The acknowledgement and the purity of the documentation was satisfactory by now. Unfortunately, ...
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Feedback on print layout design

I manage a small publishing entity specializing in architectural theory and history, in German and English, which oversees new editions of a well known 20th-Century Modernist architect's literary ...
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Is it possible to set your own white space in InDesign

I'm looking for a way to set my own white space in InDesign. In the same way as you can insert em-space or en-space I would like to insert a certain amount of space I've decided myself. I.e. a white ...
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Make indent for more than first line in paragraph styles in InDesign?

I wonder if anyone has any idea how to make indents for more than the first line in a paragraph? I obviously understand that I can work manually to make this happen but want to set a paragraph style ...
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How are/were kerning pairs of contemporary reproductions/versions of metal type derived?

In relation to this answer on Skeptics, how are the kerning pairs of contemporary reproductions/versions of metal type derived? Can one expect, say, Times New Roman in a computer typeface (by Monotype ...
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Umbrella term for typography, lettering, calligraphy

Is there a term to refer to the type design, lettering, calligraphy, and other related types of art/design?
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Writing Phone Numbers in US

Is there any typographically correct or the most common way of writing mobile phone numbers in the US on websites/apps and in printed materials? Examples: +1 (555) 123 4567 +1 (555) 123-4567 +1 555 ...
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Should labels in a figure be set in a different font face or font size from the body text?

I'm writing a scientific text, which includes a labeled diagram. Are these traditionally labeled in the same font and font size as the body text, or in a smaller font size, or in a different font?
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Is there a typographic mark for a page break?

In the same way MS Word and other word processors use middots for spaces, pilcrows for paragraphs and the little right arrows for tabs, is there a typographic mark to represent the concept of a page ...
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Help identifying this Japanese font

Love this retro style font, does anyone know what it is? Or anything similar? Thanks so much
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Trying to find this typeface or one similar

Can you tell me what this typeface is? Thanks! You can see more of it here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/101146789/POVEMENT
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I'm looking for theoretical materials about the design and history of bilingual books

I plan to make a bilingual book (Polish/English, Polish/Russian) for my thesis, so I'm looking for theoretical materials (books, articles, textbooks), where it is written about the design and layout ...
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Pros and cons of threading text frames over columns in InDesign?

I've recently learnt about threading text as frames and started using it - but when would it be better than a text column or table? I understand you'd use columns for something like newspaper ...
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copy + paste glyphs from one font to another FontForge

how do i keep the glyph size when copy/pasting one glyph from a font to another? anytime i do it the font when pasted is tiny in bounding box
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Inner glow with gradient illustrator

I want to create following text effect glow in illustrator, not sure from where I get.
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Problems with uploading to font forge from illustrator

I’m relatively new in the font business so I guess please try to keep it fairly simple. I just finished designing my font in illustrator and whenever I go to export it as SVG and then upload it into ...
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How do people perceive text with i and j without dots?

I dislike dots above i and j, so I consider typesetting texts without the dots. Probably, it would be done with a glyph substitution described here. What impression would that make on people reading ...
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Is there a general term for typefaces which emulate degraded, imperfect, or worn letterpress type?

An example of a font like this: Note the non-contiguous "w" and irregularity in the outline of all the letters (particularly noticeable in the "o" and "p"). I assume the ...
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Why do some fonts alternate the vertical placement of numerical glyphs in relation to baseline?

I recently discovered a curious feature in a font called Raleway. Some of the glyphs for decimal digits ( 0 - 9 ) are placed above or below the baseline. Numbers displayed using the font seem to be ...
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Robert Bringhurst's typographic scale

A screenshot from https://spencermortensen.com/articles/typographic-scale: But in the book itself 30-point is missing: Why is that? Important note: I have only the 2004 (v3.0) edition of the book. ...
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Non-Conventional MSWord Formatting Using Baselines

It was a tie between SuperUser SE or this one - I feel like I would get better results here. My question is regarding the use of baselines, but keep in mind that I have a copy of MSOffice 2016 Home &...
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How do I make the letters seem as a part of the entire type set?

Tldr; Help me identify elements/qualities in "I" that makes it seem belonged to this set Greetings I am a design enthusiast, and to understand typefaces, I started 36 days of type. ...
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Typography, editorial design, editorial practice, copy editing

I tried to figure these things myself, but with no luck yet. Maybe because I'm a foreigner and a complexity of terminology mixes with a complexity of English. And so the question. It consists of four ...
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Printing off-white CMYK body copy on black?

I'm working on a report in InDesign that's going to be printed. The brand's guidelines has an off-white (0,0,0,4) as one of their main colours and a greyish black as another one of their colours (0,0,...
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Why do some fonts have em dash not equal to 1 em and an en dash not equal to 1 en

As their names imply, an em dash should be 1 em wide and an en dash should be 1 en wide (1/2 em). But a lot of typefaces have the em dash not exactly 1 em wide and the en dash not exactly 1/2 wide. ...
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Are the following named quads (or "Geviert" in German) properly set to their unicode representations?

em space, Geviert: u+2003 en space, Halbgeviert: u+2002 ⅓ em space, Drittelgeviert: u+2004 1/4 em space, Viertelgeviert: u+2005 1/5 em space, Fünftelgeviert: u+2009 1/6 em space, Sechstelgeviert: u+...
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Typeface with curved vertical strokes?

Does anyone know of a typeface where the Capital "B" has a concave curve to the stem? (Where the vertical line dips curves inward to the right.)
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What font is used on this keyboard? [closed]

I need to identify the font that is printed on this keyboard. It's an Acer Chromebook 11 C723 & 733
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Why does an Arabic font have multiple glyphs of the same shape but slightly different heights?

Here is a Kufi-like Arabic script font, and here are most of the main glyphs: Notice how some of them are extremely similar, only differing by height. Also you'll note that some are similar but ...
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Are tittles ("i" and "j") ascenders?

All typography sites seem to be in agreement about most typefaces: The lower-case letters b, d, f, h, k, l, and t usually have ascenders. The lower-case letters i and j usually have a dot on top, ...
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Need feedback and guidance on logo design for an animation studio

I'm a junior graphic designer, in the middle of my last year as a student. I came here for some feedback and constructive criticism, because honesty I'm lost. To give you a little background, I took ...
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How to quickly generate rectangles in place of text

It's pretty common nowadays—especially for UI mockups—to replace insignificant text with subdued rectangles. See example below. Does anyone have a really simple way of creating those—especially in a ...
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80s typography book with red apple on the cover

I am looking for a book from the eighties (or potentially older), a sort of font catalog. It was white, large format (approximately A4), and had a picture of a red apple on the cover.
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Keeping text vertical alignement between two columns

I have a main text spread across two columns. In this text I have a quotation block, with a different paragraph style (lower font size, indentation). This quotation block starts at the bottom of the ...
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ELLE Logo Designer

Does anyone know who designed the ELLE magazine logo? I have tried researching the original designer but can’t find the designer / artist who created the logo.
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What is the name for this kind of vertical separator?

What is the name of this kind of vertical separator between sections? I've seen it somewhere but can't remember where or what it's called. It's likely a specific type of printer's ornament, however I ...
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Leading space/padding in sans-serif fonts

Notice the small space before the letter L in the first two lines in the following image. It's more notable the larger the font size, but it's there in the second line too. The fonts in this example ...
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