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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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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 ...
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Helvetica character for an empty checkbox

Does Helvetica font have a character for an empty checkbox? Ie. simply a rectangle or square? If it does, do you know the character number?
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Design guidelines proportional pitched fonts

I searched the internet and a big local bookstore for a good resource on designing proportional pitched fonts. I know there is no fixed rule-book on how the width of a specific glyph or ligature is ...
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Width of glyphs for logo design

I am redesigning a logo for a client. For that I am designing the typography myself (no premade fonts). As I have never done that before I wonder if there are guidelines on determining the width of ...
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How to produce an Accurate clock face with Roman Numerals

As a personal art project I would like to create a large physical clock face. I am not employing any software. I wish to use paper, pencil, ruler, compass, protractor etc.. I wish to know how to ...
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Text field top spacing vs line height

How is the space at the top of a text field determined? I know it's dependent on the font, but what's the logic. I can't see a clear relationship between the leading and this space at the top of a ...
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Skewing/Shearing Text On A Path In Photoshop or Illustrator?

How can I skew or shear text on a circular path in either photoshop or illustrator? I need the text running along the bottom outside of the circle to skew the opposite direction of italics (slanting ...
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Distortion treatment?

I've been seeing this distortion treatment popping up everywhere lately and was curious if anyone knew how or could point to some resources? I've tried a google search but can't find anything relevant....
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(Hypothetical?) character: Vertically stacked apostrophe and comma?

Edit for clarity: I have never seen this character, but it seems like it would exist. But without knowing what to call it, I don't know how to look up if it actually does exist. So, to me it's ...
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In a logo, is it okay to break the company name in two lines as needed?

I have been asked to create visual identity for a new company. Their name is really long (think 12+ letters). They use several words together as one word. But there's also not an even number of ...
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Stacked text effect

I'm searching for a tutorial explaining this effect Can anyone help ?
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What are some classic decorative typography techniques?

I'm working on a website, and I'm using a drop cap/initial letter for the text body. I find this technique to be very eye-catching and beautiful to look at. Does anyone know any similar simple, ...
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What is the best way to justify text so that It's aesthetically pleasing and readible? [closed]

What is the best way to adjust justified text(see image) so that it looks aesthatically pleasing. What is the best practice when adjusting the values in the justification settings?
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Does the positioning of this text negatively affect readability?

I am trying to position the text in the website header, I ended up with something like this: The text "Simply and efficiently" has a mixed "software and IT products" inside. I was wondering if it's a ...
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Is HBO's “Street 2” font family publicly available or is it a branded font?

I have seen that the global HBO website uses a font called "Street 2". I've been looking for references to that font, but so far I have not found anything. Is it a font available to the public or is ...
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Is Times Roman a font? [closed]

I've been studying the practices of the late Massimo Vignelli, and his "A Few Basic Typefaces" has my attention. However, the fifth typeface on the list is Times Roman, which I can't find anywhere. ...
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Adobe illustrator CS6 typography - term for kerning between two specific words

Is there a term in typography for the spacing between two specific words? Working in Ai CS6 there is an overall word spacing setting for selected blocks of type, which applies to all words there-in. I ...
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Reversing the stacking order of live text in Illustrator

I'm working on a graphic where I want to overlap the type. I created a text box, typed out a big old heavy font. Alternated Letter colors, put a stroke on the whole thing then pulled in the kerning ...
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How can I achieve this lettering style? [closed]

I have tried almost everything and scratched my brains over it but still, I am not able to figure it out. Please help me to achieve this lettering.
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Choose glyphs for webfont

I am using a font to build a website. The design uses a font that has several glyphs for the same letter "a" and I need to use a specific one. The issue I have is to choose between the two once the ...
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What are sections with smaller body text called?

In legal texts, at least in Sweden and Germany, it is common to print some parts of the body text in a smaller font. Is there a name for this typographic convention? Examples:
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What resource to learn about the psychological effects of typography?

The recent questions I've asked all about how to achieve a special psychological effect in typography, and I think I need to have a better insights on the psychology of typography to effectively ...
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Do digital fonts have true optical sizes?

In metal type, the matrices were designed in different weights, sizes and styles. Each single matrice was designed and cut individually to look right at the intended size (e.g. by thinning or ...
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Do millimeters apply to screen design?

I am designing a flyer for the screen and the client insists the logo should be 71mm exactly. Does the resolution plays any role on the viewer, some may see it bigger, some smaller? Thank you.
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How to set the tone of large passages of text without italics?

Here and there in my article, there are paragraphs that need to set a different tone. So far I’ve used italic Times New Roman and indented the paragraph: This looks good if it’s one line sentence or ...
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Creating an elongated text effect

What is the most efficient way to achieve an effect such as the one pictured below?
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How do I make a hanging indent on right-aligned text in InDesign?

I am formatting a Hebrew bible in InDesign for my class, but I'm having trouble with making indents in a way that I can apply it to the entire copy. It currently looks like this: But I want it to ...
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Why Outline fonts are rasterized before using on screen? [closed]

I am new in Typography and now a days reading about fonts, rasterizer like FreeType etc. What i get till now is that fonts are mainly divided into two types outline fonts (.ttf, otf, .pfb etc) and ...
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At what point the difference in x-height harm the readability? [closed]

For example, when choosing a pair of typefaces to combine in a single line, it is advised that: they are from different categories, in order to make them contrast they should have the same x-heights, ...