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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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, ...
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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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How to generate one font file consisting of multiple font weights (i.e. multiple font files)?

I have multiple font files, each of a different weight. The problem arises when they are used in, applications and Wordpress. For example, they appear like this: [family] [weight] - sailec-...
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how do i change the color of typeface on photoshop?

i used masking + Gaussian blur + curves on my typeface on photoshop after all, i wanted to change the color of typeface by clicking the letters using magic wand, but the shape of letter is ...
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In a sentence ending with a bold or italicised word, does the period need to be bold/italicised too?

Maybe this will be considered a bit of a nitpicking argument, but I constantly find myself asking: In a paragraph where the last word is bold or italicised, should I make the period at the end bold or ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

I really like writing encouraging letters to my friends every so often. Writing them by hand makes them feel a lot more personal, but I am always hesitant to do so because my handwriting has always ...
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Is monospacing URLs in academic papers still advised?

When papers are written in the academic world, URLs are often set in monospace. The reason for this seems to be historic and is described in this Q&A at TexSE. It may be summarized as a leftover ...
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What is the difference between Glyph and Font?

I was going through one document and I came across this term 'glyph'. The term was new to me so looked into wiki for its definition. I felt both glyph and font is same. Am I correct? Else please tell ...
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What characters are good to start with when designing a typeface?

Given many characters in a typeface build on others and even just a couple of characters can reveal a lot of the features of a given typeface, what characters are good to start with when designing a ...
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A good monospace, condensed and open-source typeface?

I'm looking for an optimal typeface for report tables that will contain many columns (the reason for condensed). The reason for monospace is that these reports will contain a lot of numbers and we ...
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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the ...
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What are good places to start learning web typography and layout?

I have been a digital designer since 1999. I am self taught. However; my biggest weakness is spacing, grids and developing pages that feel balanced, as well as have strong typographic hierarchy. I ...
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What font characteristics are associated with luxury and wealth?

There's a lot about color theory but not as much about type theory. For example silver, gold, black, deep purple are often associated with luxury and wealth. What charactertics should a font have to ...
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What's the practical difference between a 'glyph' and a 'character'?

I saw this question on the Typography site proposal and it bugged me that I didn't know the answer. I'd always treated 'glyph' and 'character' as interchangable. After reading an explanation on the ...
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Which typeface is suitable for marking of wires?

I work as technician in company engaged in industrial automation. Our company need to find suitable typeface for marking of wires in electric switchboard. (Fig. 1) I also like a typography, so I try ...
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Baseline Grid vs. Readability

Any designer worth their salt will talk about the importance of the grid, and rightfully so. However, as I've continued to practice my trade, I've found that the baseline grid in particular doesn't ...
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Readability and appeal of justified text

If I write a document that I have to hand in to somebody (a report, summary, draft, whatever) I usually justify the text because it seems more appealing (at least to me) if it all finishes at the same ...
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“Correctly” vertically center text in a box

Is there a canonical rule how to vertically center text in a box? Or, in other words, how to align a box around text? I could imagine three options based on typographic metrics (see my non-exact ...
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What are great fonts for information-heavy data tables?

I'm designing a web application which has lots of data tables with business information both as numbers (sales, hours etc) and text (product names, region names etc). What fonts are great for dense ...
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How is color used in document design?

What kinds of problems are faced when designing documents that the use of color is often a solution to? What kinds of problems are faced when actually using color in documents? I'm trying to provide ...
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Footnote/Endnote references before or after punctuation? (comma, full stop/period, semi-colon…)

Simple question: what's the convention (or, if there's disagreement, guiding principles) for where to place reference, footnote and endnote numbers that apply to a clause leading up to a punctuation ...
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Building hand-written fonts for lettering

I am looking to build a custom font from my handwriting for lettering a comic. what professional tools exist to build such a font and export it into one of the mainstream formats (TTF, OpenType, or ...
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Anybody knows how to achieve this effect?

I tried the deformed circle to intercept but find it very complicated. Anybody knows how to achieve this?
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Any tips or resources for designing e-mail newsletters?

After spending hours in Photoshop I haven't found a great template I like. I love the design style of many newsletters I subscribe to.. including Smashing Magazine and Hongkiat.. but I wonder what ...
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How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?

What is the difference between these fonts, and what are some typical examples of why one might be used over another?
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Why do we still use points as a measurement of type size?

I'm in the UK, which uses metric units for pretty much everything now except road distances and beer (obviously best kept apart). Page sizes have been metric here and in most of the rest of the world ...
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The role of the designer in content – should he have one and how big should it be?

I'm a designer, not a marketer, and not a writer (at least not professionally). A lot of the work I do involves working with material in a field that can be above my head. Because of that, I'm content ...
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Origin of numerical font weight descriptions in typography

The CSS specification (among several others) establish that, when selecting a font, the font-weight may be described using numerical descriptors ranging from 100 to 900 at 100 increments, where 400 is ...
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Resources for finding good web font schemes/combinations

I have started doing some freelance website design work for small business clients, and part of my work will involve selecting fonts to use on the sites that I will be making. Given that typography ...
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I want to learn how to select appropriate colors and fonts for a new site

I'm developing a new site, and although I know enough basic programming to make the site, I'm not artistically inclined enough to make the site look nice. So, I was hoping I could get some suggestions ...
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Animation (Adobe After Effects): Text rotating without cylindric wrapping of text

I am trying to animate a piece of text rotating in a circle. In itself, this is a relatively easy thing to achieve; using Adobe After Effects I created a string of text and used the CC Cylinder effect ...
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Should the spaces around bold text be made bold too?

In the following image, the top text has regular spaces around the bold word bar, whereas the bottom text includes the spaces in the bold styling: I added red vertical marker lines so it's easier to ...
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What do they call those scrolly, curvy elements next to chapter titles?

There's a name for this, and I even found a web site that helps you create such things for web sites, but I can't find or remember either. The element is on both sides of "Season 2014" on this web ...
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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 explain to my client that more than two fonts in a logo is a bad idea?

I created a logo using an M & C from Moonhouse font. I modified them letters to suit their brand, but the basic shape is still recognizable. The company name is in Goodtimes font, to indicate that ...
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Do discretionary ligatures hold any other purpose than visual?

Discretionary ligatures are non-standard ligatures such as: st and ct in Atlantica LF font Are they purely visual or is there any other reasoning to back it up? Psychological? Letter-press related? (...
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Should underline clash with text descenders?

CSS3’s text-decoration module includes a text-underline-position property, which specifies whether the underline should be positioned below the whole text:            or just below baseline, letting ...
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What is a polynomial kerning table?

From Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style: Names like T.V.R. Murti and T.R.V Murti, for example, pose microscopic typographic problems that no binomial kerning table can solve. ...
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When is font hinting used for print?

Following on from this question: TTF and other "modern" font systems, and font size differences Higher quality fonts contain hinting information, which in short better fits glyph boundaries ...
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How to design the letter ß (eszett or sharp S)

When designing a typeface, how should I design the letter ß? Looking at existing typefaces there seems to be a some variations of how the character is designed. It seems that the letter (called an ...
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What is the ideal number of font sizes to use for a website?

I'd like to know how many font sizes can you use for a website. Someone said to me it's better not to use more than 3 different font sizes (e.g. 16px for heading, 11px for text and 13 px for smaller ...
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Double space acceptable after period before abbreviated title?

It seems accepted amongst typographers that the double space after a period is a dated artifact of monospace typewriters, but is it acceptable to use a double space in between sentences like: I ...
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Do you have a “formula” for the webfont vs graphic type threshold?

Disclaimer: I realize there is not a perfect "formula" for this question. I'm looking for your experiential working practices. If you don't have any, I won't hold it against you. Over the last couple ...
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Is there a way to create gradations between two given weights of a particular font?

Was doing some reading and came across this which I found very insightful: Weight This is the difference between bold typefaces or versions of a typeface, and regular typefaces or versions ...
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Popular serif and sans-serif browser compatible font combinations?

I was curious as to which combinations of serif and sans-serif fonts are preferable to use that are compatible with most browsers. While I am aware that with the introduction of CSS3 importing ...
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How do I achieve a “Water Ripple” effect on typography?

Trying to achieve something like this text treatment, but not sure where to start. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/355573333059851007/
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What's the term used when the first word of one page is repeated at the end of the previous page?

There's a common feature in old typography where the first word of a page is repeated at the end of the previous page, usually right-aligned on a line by itself. This book from 1759 shows this ...
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Font overload in academic documents

I'm a researcher in cryptography and regularly read and write acedemic papers which are, to say the least, not objects of great beauty. Recently I've noticed that the guideline not to use more than ...
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How do I deal with line spacing when a single descender is getting in the way?

I'm making a sign for my kids' school, and am having trouble with one detail. The primary text is "Walking School Bus Stop". This, the school name, and a whimsical graphic all go into a 3:4 aspect ...
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What are the origins of the commercial minus sign (⁒)?

While reading the Wikipedia article about the Plus and minus signs I found the so called commercial minus sign (Unicode character U+2052 and HTML symbol ⁒). It looks similar to an Obelus (÷)...