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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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Footnote style using asterisk should have space or no space between symbol and note?

When referencing a footnote using an asterisk or other acceptable symbols such as dagger and double dagger, in the footnote itself do you put a space between the symbol and the note? Example: This is ...
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Is there a name for this form of 19th-century (?) table of contents design?

I've been remembering and inspired by an old style of table of contents/chapter summaries where a list of short sentences or phrases describing the events or contents of the chapter is presented ...
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Small caps and text figures in titlecase

I'm currently typing up some lecture notes for a university course, and I'm having trouble deciding how exactly I should typeset the title of the document. The title consists of the subject ...
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Typography- what is the bottom end of the L called?

I'm trying to learn about typography and I made this image, but I wasn't sure this was the arm because it's at the bottom of the letter. Can anyone help, please?
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How can I align code in code listings in HTML?

I would like to have a code listing with alignment in HTML. This is an example of how it is supposed to look: In this example, the beginning of the second line is aligned with the beginning of the ...
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Is the YYYY-MM-DD date format acceptable in print media? How do you typeset it?

The "ISO 8601" date format is praised for its unambiguity, but it's predominantly a digital format, not too common in traditional media. Do you allow YYYY-MM-DD in print projects, or do you ...
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Name For Too Close Word Spacing

I was wondering if there is a name for the kind of word spacing you can see in the first line: It is obviously too close as the words seem to blend into one long word. What would you call this "...
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How high should smallcaps be?

A good ordinary book or body-text font should come with smallcaps. How high should the smallcaps be? I suppose this would be expressed as either relative to the x-height (i don't think all smallcap ...
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How to make a Unicode-standardized character (preferably UTF-8) from a vector (SVG) image?

I have a .svg file containing a vector image of WhatsApp logo. The file is available here in Wikimedia Commons and from what I can tell it's free to use. I want to paste it as text in my website as a ...
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How does a font designer decide about kerning?

Designing a font is a cumbersome task as each glyph should be drawn. However, finding the right kerning is something that puzzles me. A font can have thousands of kerning, and there are even more ...
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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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Where is word spacing determined and how do I edit it?

I am editing a font in Font Forge but it seems there is no variable or property for word spacing. Applications all render this font with far too wide word spacing which led me to assume this was a ...
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Why not use space-hyphen-space instead of the em dash?

This is something I have wondered about for a while, and although it's the sort of thing we're conditioned to accept unquestioningly, I finally have to question it. This may come across as a bit rant-...
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How to decorate strings of text as nodes if they span across multiple lines?

I have a belief network, in which each node is a belief sentence: In my analysis I want to decorate those sentence to make it like they are nodes: (The colors are not matching, but I'll fix later) ...
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Why don't any common typefaces use ascenders or descenders on capital letters (except Q and sometimes J), even though they make text easier to read?

All commonly-used bicameral Latin-script typefaces use ascenders (portions of a glyph that rise above the typical upper-limit height for glyphs of the character type under consideration) and ...
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Paragraph Spacing & Aligning to Baseline - incompatible?

I am working on a 200 page book of letters and would like to use paragraph spacing instead of paragraph indents. The space between paragraph is too large when the baseline grid is set to leading, but ...
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Vertical aligning image caption and sidebar notes with body text?

How do you vertical-align smaller type such as image captions or sidenotes with body type? Do you align it with the cap height or the baseline? What are the benefits? I'm looking for general guidance. ...
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How different do a book's pages actually look when they're tiled with a paper texture?

Many beautifully designed books use a tiled paper texture on their pages, e.g., In the PDFs of these books (see http://www.tsengbooks.com), the paper texture is highly visible. But oddly, I've never ...
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Correct Kerning for 0 and 6 in Neutra Modern

I'm trying to get the kerning right between the 0 and the 6 in these Neutra house numbers (this a photograph of the drilling template). Which of these three looks most correct to you for the spacing ...
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Is there a way to rotate the baseline grid in Adobe InDesign?

In InDesign, it's possible to rotate a spread to facilitate laying out pages that are meant to be viewed sideways. On a rotated spread, the baseline grid rotates along with the spread—and that's not ...
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Halftone raster effect, rounded pixelation in Photoshop

I am trying to recreate a similar style to the image below in Photoshop, but unfortunately there are some issues I can't solve. Maybe someone can help me out? This looks like a pixelated image with ...
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Headings are in small caps, with increased tracking and numbers. Do I need to use the same increased tracking for their numbers?

I have a document with multi-level numbered headers that are set in bold small caps. The numbers are separated from the text by 2 picas. As far as I know, small caps should have increased tracking. Do ...
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Can we make a text outline again into a text in Adobe Illustrator?

I am very new to Adobe Illustrator, I created a text outline by doing 1. Select the text 2. Goto Type -> Create Outlines (CTRL + SHIFT + O) But what if I want to make those outlines again as a ...
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how can i release my font under SIL font license or Appache font license

I made fonts for logo design 3 weeks ago and i want to give it other so they can use it for free. Would you please tell you please me the process how to do it?
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What are fonts halfway between serif and sans-serif called?

I want to experiment with fonts for a textbook (with math, so latex is the typesetting program). How can I find suitable and reasonably popular fonts that are halfway between serif and sans-serif --- ...
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Area Type scaling inset spacing / Large canvas upscaling clipboard area type

apologies for the sloppy title, I hope the body will make sense. I'm creating a flowchart in illustrator because that's where I feel more comfortable as opposed to stand-alone data visualization apps. ...
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What is the maximum number of glyphs a TrueType font can hold?

Currently, I'm wondering about how many glyphs there can be in a TrueType (.ttf) font file. If I understand correctly, in a OpenType font, there can be up to 65,535 glyphs. But what about TrueType? My ...
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Font from 1986 or earlier used in OrCAD

Honestly I know nothing about fonts, I tried my best to find it online, anyway I'm looking for a font used in this schematic. The only hint I have is from FAQ where the author of the schematic below ...
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What’s the name of this typographic treatment with shadows?

I want to find some tutorials on how this effect might be done in Photoshop but I don’t know what to search for. Does anyone know what to call this?
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How to stretch text like this in photoshop?

I rasterized text and apply free transform and distort but can't stretch text like partial like this. (PS. I did this, but forgot what effect I applied... haha)
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How do I recreate a font like this?

I need to recreate a font, it's going to be for private purposes, how do i do this? Here's the font sample:
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Best use of vertical lines separating words in logo

What are some of the pros and cons of enlarging the vertical lines between words in a logo like this? One I can think of, it makes the logo boundaries larger. Is it best to stick with vertical lines ...
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How can I achieve this kind of super smooth liquid chrome texture effect?

How can I achieve this type of super smooth liquid chrome texture? Is it done with 100% in Photoshop? Have tried this on illustrator with blending tool and bring it on Photoshop, and only use liquify ...
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What is this font style/type called?

I can’t find the name of this but see it in many places: basically an all caps with the first letter slightly larger than the rest, as below (circled in orange).
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What is the correct UTF8 character for the apostrophes used in fictional (often alien) names?

I'm trying to typeset fiction which uses these. I've gotten used to doing curly quotes and making emdashes proper emdashes, but I'm not sure what to do with these. These aren't contractions, so ...
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How can I create this optical illusion where letters are made with diagonal lines slightly altered from those of the background?

How can I create this optical illusion in Illustrator or other programs? Original: My attempt:
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Similar fonts to Porcha 911 which is free for commercial use?

Does anyone know a good alternative to Porcha 911 font which is free for commercial use? See image and link below. https://www.dafont.com/911porscha.font?text=Detailing
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Typography/Character ID; Semicircle with bracket

I'm in the process of converting the short story "The Region Between" by Harlan Ellison (part of the collection Five Fates), and among the many formatting nightmares, including a page ...
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What is the best way to find an alternative monospace font for a non-monospace font that has the same look and feel?

Just wondering if anyone has come across the same issue of having to replace a non-monospaced font with one that is monospaced while retaining a similar look & feel (or if this is even possible/...
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Arial Small Caps -- how to use them?

According to this answer to another question about small caps by @yakunins, Arial got small caps around 2014: (image provided by @yakunins) So, how do you use them? Is this Arial or Arial Nova? ...
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Are there monospace fonts which support spaces of various widths?

(Bear with me, I know that having characters which are not monowidth in a monospace font is somewhat counterintuitive, but there is a legit use case below.) I have an application I've written where I ...
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What are "teasers" at the beginning of a chapter called?

In some (old, fiction) books, each chapter begins with a few sentences that summarize, or rather hint at, the developements in the chapter. For example, the first chapter of "Three Men in a Boat&...
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Which symbol represents multiplication?

Which Unicode symbol that normally looks like two lines crossed together properly represents multiplication and what do the other Unicode characters that look like it mean? And bonus points, how do I ...
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Text wrap around a number 8 symbol

me and my project again, I'm wondering how my design will look if the text follows the curve of the visual anchor of the piece - a 470 pt Helvetica "8". However, after creating outlines for ...
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Are there font characteristics that make it more resilient to squishing or distortion and still be legible?

Disclosure: I’m not a graphic designer. I’m re-watching The Love Boat on both a tablet and large screen TV. In the opening sequence, people have identified that they use a version of Futura Black font....
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Can you please help identify these fonts?

What are the fonts used in these labels? There are three different fonts used here. The font used on the 1st and 3rd line are the same in all the labels (NO. 02, NO. 19 & HERB, SEASONING etc). It'...
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Font used for text in first and third line

What is the font used for the first line of text and the third line of text in these images? They appear to be the same font. In the first image it's NO. 06 and SEASONING In the second image it's NO. ...
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What is the name of this extinct type symbol?

This text is from a facsimile of a 1949 manuscript of that quotes Psalm 106 (107), and the quoted passage is from verse 26. The word is that uses the symbol is "usque" Latin for "...
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Capitalization of language names in a list

I don't know if my question belongs here but anyway. Should we capitalize language names in a list? Because I saw things like that (OpenStreetMap Wiki) (Wikipedia) Which seems weird to me. First, it ...
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How to recreate this overlapping stroke+type effect in Illustrator (Morisowa's "Kikukomi Number" font)

Please assume I'm a moron, and need some gentle help. So, I really like this ascending-ordered, overlapping type: I understand it to be a feature of a font by Morisowa (https://twitter.com/hamko1114/...
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