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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Legibility of familiar fonts vs. typical considerations for typeface legibility

I recently had a coworker mention that we might prefer selecting a handful of familiar fonts for some built-in themes for a software application we are developing over a handful of other potential ...
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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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How do I create a solid line of uniform thickness inside of a letterform in Illustrator?

I've seen all sorts of headlines and ads that use this style a solid color section of type has a solid uniform line of a different color running through the exact middle of each letter. I've done all ...
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What is the usage of an underline, an overline, or both, around small word such as "the" and "and" called?

You see this often in a store sign, headings in menus, and so on, but small words such as "the" or "and" in a all-caps heading sometimes appear with an underline, an overline, or both, with the ...
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How to use alternative numerals in a font?

There are two ways of laying out numerals in a font: lining figures and text or oldstyle figures. The Former has the height of a capital letter while the latter have varying heights and blend in with ...
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What is the following style of typography called?

I came across this recently where, IIUC, the lowercase was superscript while the uppercase was normal or subscript. What is this style called?
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Are faux small caps now considered OK?

Bringhurst writes that small caps need to be designed to visually match the standard capitals of a font, so that the resulting mixed caps look uniform and balanced; and that purely geometrically ...
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Proper typesetting guide

Is there a typesetting guide for English on the web somewhere, whether UK or American or both? I’m thinking of something with rules for correct hyphenation, punctuation, dashes, commas, correct ...
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What's wrong with Droid fonts?

I have seen on various places that people consider Droid font family with contempt. In latest Android it has been replaced with another family called Roboto. I'm interested in why is that, from ...
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How to vertically space all-caps lines with accented characters like circumflexes

I'm trying to lay out a block of several lines of all-caps copy. I want the lines to be evenly spaced. However when letters such as Ô and È are included in a line, they "collide" with the preceding ...
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In typography, what is an open counter?

Wikipedia defines counter then gives examples. Then it proceeds to give examples of open counter without having given any definition of it: In typography, a counter or aperture is the area of ...
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What's the centered fluffy art piece called in an article?

I know this, but I can't recollect at all. What is this thing called? They are usually centered in a book or writing and I'm certain they have a name but I can't remember for the life of me. They ...
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Can a typeface be very thick in "Regular" style, or does that one then need to be "Bold/Black"?

I am working on a typeface and have started with a somewhat thicker style that would usually be called "Bold". Can I make it "Regular" or is it unusual for a certain thickness?
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Advice about fallback font stacks for Proxima Nova and Adobe Garamond Pro

Can anyone suggest a good stack of fallback fonts for Adobe Garamond Pro (serif) and Proxima Nova (sans-serif)? The obvious choices are of course: "Garamond Pro","Hoefler Text","Times New Roman",...
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Is there a standard for categorizing typefaces?

So I was reading two documents on typography and each classifies font types in completely different categories. One document says we have : serif, sans serif, text, script, display and dingbats. ...
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What is the definition of a hairline?

Is it the thin strokes in a letter like "O"? Or is it the thin strokes in a letter like "M"?
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Any automated system to compute the linear length of a letter(s) in a word or phrase?

I may be way out of league asking this question but is there a way to get the linear length of a letter or words. That is, if you were to take the word "super" and measured the outside border of the ...
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What are the differences between PT Sans and Open Sans?

I was reading this article from http://evolempirecreative.com/font-pairing-web-design/ and came across the PT Sans and Open Sans pairing. Since they are fonts from the same classification (both sans ...
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Does x-height really matter when choosing fonts for readability and legibility?

If using a typeface with a low x-height at a large point size, wouldn't it have the same result as using a medium or large x-height at a smaller point size? So does that mean x-height is only useful ...
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Symbols "degrees" and "degrees centigrade": proper spacing

For mathematical and physical units, usually there is a thin space between the number and the unit, in the LaTeX syntax for example $1008\,\mathrm{kPa}$. However, I feel that angular degrees (e.g. $...
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How do I create text bullets in illustrator?

Is there a way to create text bullets in illustrator? I'm trying to mimic or recreate something done in PowerPoint. I think I know how to manually create the character (•), but was hoping there was ...
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What to do with small cap initialisms at the start of a sentence?

I am typesetting my thesis and am enjoying the use of small caps for initialisms. They look great in the middle of a sentence, but I'm unsure what to do if they fall at the start of a sentence. ...
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What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name?

What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name in older printed texts, and what is their purpose? Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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What are the good and free alternative to Helvetica when use as web font? [duplicate]

Sans-serif typeface is usually in web, so what are the free/open/cross-platform choices that can replace Helvetica? By replacing Helvetica I mean are there any font which is better than Helvetica for ...
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Freely available old-style serif fonts with multiple weights

When I typeset text, I love to be able to choose from a large array of different weights (and, if possible, expansions). Having light and semi-bold variants in addition to the regular and bold weights ...
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How can a novice designer further their culture of typography?

In my teaching I've encountered a problem that is recurring among new students. They often aren't aware of when fonts were created, if they are overused (Brush Script, Comic Sans MS, Papyrus...) but ...
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Practically making interrupted underlines that don't clash with descenders

I'm looking for a practical way to achieve pretty underlining (interrupted at descenders) in InDesign or Illustrator. See Should underline clash with text descenders? I've tried to fake it by ...
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What does "letterfit" mean?

I started reading The Elements of Typographic Style and found the term "letterfit". I'm unsure as to what it means. It doesn't appear in the glossary of terms of the book. Is it related to kerning?
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Adding kinetic movement of jumping to my typography for this logo

Ok i need help. I am currently making a logo for a company called “Jump Jump Rentals” specializing in Bounce Houses. How can I add the kinetic element of jumping to the 1st word “jump” over 2nd part “...
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Titles and Menu items in lowercase, uppercase, serif or sans serif?

Im building a new wordpress website and need some input. The question is - should i use lower or uppercase - serif or sans-serif for my post titles, widget titles and menu items? Which is the best in ...
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Is there a term for 'reference-marker symbols'?

While this is loosely graphic-design related, when doing design for some kind of annotations, one have to work with symbols used as 'reference markers', such as 1 in foo 1. When you need to discuss ...
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Are there "bi-form" fonts that don't have descenders?

Is there a font that displays the entire image of each and every one of the 52 English alphabet shapes ➝ and ➝ above (on) the baseline? Clarification: Examples of shapes that are ...
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Help with Font Pairing 'Kursivschrift'

I'm trying to find a good font that pairs well with a logo that uses 'Kursivschrift.' While I'm not a fan of the font due to the excessive amount of kerning required to make it work, it is the main ...
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How to correctly choose protrusion for letters and hanging punctuation?

A small preamble: (mostly technical, can be skipped) I am a mathematician and prepare my documents with LaTeX. The documents made in LaTeX usually have very distinctive look because of the CM font (I ...
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How to arrange the text in the new logo of programmers.SE and its meta?

Our old logo: and its meta version: need to be updated with our new name. We were offered: which has a great mug icon, monitor art, and font. Just not sure about the composition. The text ...
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Feedback on the design of a physics document

I am not a designer, I am a physicist. Back in 2005, I made a guide for students about how to measure cosmic rays, for a lab class I was teaching. Now I am redesigning it and would like to ask for the ...
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Does ideal measure change with language?

The ideal measure for single column of text is most widely accepted as around 65 characters, but does this depend on the language of the text? Some languages like French have much longer words than ...
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FontLab Studio - Line Height on Font Weight Alternative

I am using FontLab Studio - I have two font files - a normal and a bold alternative. Here are the two fonts side-by-side: When I export the normal and install it it looks just like i want it to - ...
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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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Is there a name for smaller parts of a glyph in typography?

My understanding is that a symbol in typography is often called a glyph. There are cases when one glyph is composed of multiple "components" with space in between them, e.g. :, ;, etc. Is there any ...
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Why do some rare old printed manuscripts have mixed cases?

I wasn’t able to find any example photo, but I recently saw some old manuscripts printed in the 18th century (I believe) at the University of Vienna that had mixed letter casing in the middle of the ...
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Incorrect usage of hyphens in the form “Artist - Song Name”

I’ve read lots of guides about when to use hyphens (-) and when to use dashes (–). The usage is clear to me. And I want to stress a particular case where the hyphen is used incorrectly: “Artist - Song ...
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What are these kinds of typography called?

While talking about typography, we are often presented with beautiful graphics made with types and all. Although I find them very creative, I personally don't have a knack for those. I rather prefer ...
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Is it good practice to add additional space before a punctuation mark after emphazised text?

Is there a typographic convention or practice about placing punctuation marks after emphazised text? I ran across this example on a website today that adds an additional space after emphazised text ...
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How do I convince my boss that grey font is legible?

One of the big bosses at my company is up in arms about "grey font" right now. Even using the dark grey from our style guide for text ends in a lecture. I know that contrast is critical and I have ...
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How to create SVG for good typography on the web without buying Illustrator?

I have a web font which I would like to display using SVG instead of in HTML. The reason for this is that I want to display large typographically beautiful text, and I don't see any way of getting the ...
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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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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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How do you call tall, thick fonts, similar to Bebas?

I'd like to find similar fonts to Bebas (below): What do you call these types of fonts? Thick, tall, and usually all in uppercase?
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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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