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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Inconsistent kernings shown in metrics view in FontForge

I am working to modify an existing font (Sacramento, under SIL OFL license), and wish to adjust kernings after having made a few stylistic changes. I thought I had found the proper way to do it (...
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Ascender/descender help for brand specifics

Hello everyone! I'm designing for a brand that requires left-justification for all text, which can make consideration for ascenders and descenders a nightmare. Typically this brand calls for tight ...
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How do I make sure the unicode box drawing characters work properly in my font?

Unicode has a set of characters for drawing simple graphics. Here is an example from Wikipedia: ┌─┬┐ ╔═╦╗ ╓─╥╖ ╒═╤╕ │ ││ ║ ║║ ║ ║║ │ ││ ├─┼┤ ╠═╬╣ ╟─╫╢ ╞═╪╡ └─┴┘ ╚═╩╝ ╙─╨╜ ╘═╧╛ There ...
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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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Hoefler Text non-breaking space is too wide

In Pages on MacOS, Hoefler Text has very wide non-breaking spaces: As you can see, in other fonts, the non-breaking space has the same width as the standard one. In Hoefler Text, it is 3 times wider. ...
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What is the name of the font used by Dymo machines?

I've done some Googling and come up short. I'm looking for the name of the font used in Dymo labelling machines like this. I'm after the original font (and preferably on OT version) used, or on which ...
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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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How can I recreate this typographical style? What effects/processes should I use?

I have been scrolling through various places on the internet and I've come across this typographic style multiple times, and I can't work out how to do it. Can anyone help??
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Is there an dynamically changing font?

Just had this idea, and thought to post it here to get an answer as to its existence. I'm thinking something that isn't perfectly monospaced/spaced, but as you type it organically lays out the font ...
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Companion colormap for text highlight color

Edit: I am looking for resources (articles, books, posts) which study the choice of a single color to highlight text and a sequential color for two and three dimensional plots such that both are ...
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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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What does "mfgpctt" mean in version number of font

I noticed in the metadata of many fonts that they have a strange version record. In at least a few fonts from different families, I found the string "mfgpctt v4.4", with the numbers sometimes being ...
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Does anyone know what this font is called?

I've tried uploading the above image to a few font finder websites but am not able to find the exact font. I found this on a Youtube video.
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Aligning text layers in Android

The situation - I need to hand over designs to my devs. I have created some spacing tokens, that I am using in Sketch(the design software). These tokens are based on baseline alignment of the text ...
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FontForge: how to blend cursive letters?

I'm working on a shorthand font, which requires anchoring each letter to the next because of the absence of any baseline. When I check my anchors though, I see that the letters are properly placed ...
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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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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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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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Should headings divide space unequally and be close to the border?

This is a chapter heading of an ebook style of LaTeX, and it divides space unequally. Small phone screen doesn't mean it need to be close to the top border to make the reading flow rushy, does it?
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Cannot use hyphenation properly in InDesign

I work mostly with old Slavonic and old Greek texts where there are plenty of diacritical signs and every time when pasting text from word to InDesign, I have some problem with. For example, they are ...
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Is there a rule for line-breaking a name designation?

I've searched, but to no avail. Is there a rule (or what is your opinion) on line-breaking a person's designations? Sometimes client's have many designations which extends the line making it very ...
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Name for types of fonts (sans-serif with bevelled stems)

I want to find fonts like the one used here, which is SuperGroteskWebPro. It is notable that in this font the f, T and t have cuts on edges at some angles. It is also a very clean font and gives a ...
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Introduce paragraphs with a term and colon

Particularly in students papers, I often see the that they start a paragraph, which may be quite lengthy, with a specific term followed by a colon. I believe this is just very comfortable for the ...
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How to mimic string/thread art with vectors in illustrator?

I'm designing a wall mural for an office and have to do an illustrator mock up of a string art wall similar to this: Does anyone know how to achieve a similar effect? I tried searching all kinds of ...
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Is there a way to auto-baseline-shift a line to the top of the largest inline object?

Indesign aligns inline objects to the bottom. Is there a way to make it so inserting an object inline will make everything go to the top instead? I can manually accomplish this with baseline shift, ...
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Indesign - FindChangeByList exclude character style (or hyperlinks)

I have a FindChangeByList search that replaces a divis between numbers with an en-dash with an 1/24 quad before and after. Unluckily it includes our Hyperlinks too and thus destroys them. Is there a ...
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InDesign: single-line composer (paragraph style)

I've finally found out about the paragraph composer and how I can stop InDesign from meddling with my type automatically: Is there a way to incorporate this into a paragraph style so that I don't ...
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How to convert a 2D object into a 1D stroke in inkscape?

I have a couple of edges in urdu I want to convert into strokes to make it more like handwriting. How can I convert a series of shapes into a stroke? I tried taking a screenshot and using trace ...
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How to create texture like this?

How can I create texture like this one on the font? https://www.instagram.com/p/B-pXX3pBg35/
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How to create multi-gradient reflection on Illustrator?

I want to replicate this multi-coloured reflection on illustrator. I tried using feathering and free-form gradient, but haven't had any success.
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Small Caps Character Choice for Abbreviations Commonly starting with a Lowercase Letter

I am pondering the following question, is there a typographical convention for which of the following choices should be prefered? or The background is: I want the title style in small capitals. ...
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Formatting the Quoting of Internal Passages in a Story

I am working on a book that is a collection of short science fiction stories for adults. Typesetting in InDesign. What is the convention or industry standard for the formatting/typesetting of written ...
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Evenly spaced text in Photoshop

I'm trying to add text to my document that is evenly spaced, like in the example on the right. The closest I've been able to get it is like the image on the left, but as you can see they don't quite ...
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How to combine font weights and font sizes together?

I do a lot of UI design and because of this, I normally have to use pretty neutral fonts like Helvetica and Droid. In order to add a bit of flair, I'll use different weights and mix things up between ...
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Which font is similar to Christopher Wool's Stencil?

His stencil: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/338192253239825468/ the closest thing i found is: https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/jnlevine/narrow-stencil/ but it's too narrow.
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Identify Rounded Modern Sans Serif

Can anyone ID this font? It is giving me fits even though I feel like its on the tip of my tongue: I've tried both http://www.whatfontis.com and What the Font Edit: this is from an HVAC Contractors ...
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What are the font settings which correspond to "default" font styles in iOS 9?

There is a set of default font styles accessible via the iOS API. What settings (font size, weight, etc.) do they correspond to by default on an iPhone 6 running iOS 9? Does this vary across phones/...
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When did Italic come to mean "fancy"?

According to Thinking With Type, Italic letters, also introduced in fifteenth-century Italy (as their name suggests), were modeled on a more casual style of handwriting. While the upright humanist ...
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What typeface is used by MacOS to render unicode glyphs?

What font is being used in the following screenshot (on a latest MacOS/Safari) to render the unicode glyphs? The screenshot is taken from the page http://www.alanwood.net/demos/wingdings.html Is ...
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Can someone indentify this font, please?

So, I've been looking this font everywhere on the internet as I can, like WhatTheFont, Font Finder, Google Lens, but I can't find anything, not even close to it. Can someone please indentify it? It's ...
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Looking for a font to imitate dementia / dyslexia

I'm trying to produce an image from the point of view of a person with dementia who can no longer make sense of signage. The feeling is that the forms are very familiar, but don't come together as ...
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How to make rectangle (or any shape) to automatically resized according to texts in Photoshop?

Like I want to put a text inside a rectangle, but the text is subject to change, it can be shorter or longer. Manually, I have to adjust the rectangle size to fit the text every time there are any ...
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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 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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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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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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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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