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Why is the minus sign not on the same height as the plus sign?

The vertical alignment of a plus sign and minus sign will be consistent (obviously I can't say for certain for all fonts, but generally). What you are using there (I assume), and the key on your ...
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Why do these letters have gaps in them?

The actual reason is not for unity. Is for durability of the stencil. Small triangles like under the N or the gap that would form inside the E would break very fast and the stencil would be useless in ...
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What is the difference between a well constructed and a poorly constructed font?

A Good font: Pair kernings have been addressed. How does "AV" look? Or "To"? The glyph box is not dramatically larger (or smaller) than the glyphs Glyph alignment on the baseline is correct, ...
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Do I really need an ſ (long s) in my typeface?

Being under the illusion that I am somewhat of an expert on the long s¹, I mostly agree with your assessment. The only slight addition I would like to make are texts talking about historical texts. On ...
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Which font's digits resemble Nixie tube digits?

One family I've recently noticed is the TT Chocolates and the Extra Light looks pretty close to what you need, but note the '1' in the image below is replaced with an uppercase 'i' (as suggested by ...
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Why do these letters have gaps in them?

There are a number of reasons for the gaps on the stencil letters: Not to collapse when wet with paint Ease to remove from the stenciling surface durability of the stencil itself The letters were ...
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Helvetica: trailing leg in lowercase "a"

The right leg is reduced for thicker weights, eg. bolds and blacks, probably as optical corrections. Basicly, the thicker the weight, the smaller the leg. Myfonts offers a live preview where you type ...
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Why are intersection and union characters inconsistent in multiple fonts?

You've got some font substitution going on. Union doesn't exist in [standard] Arial, only in Arial Unicode… where it looks like a perfectly inverted intersection. …and it's the same for Calibri &...
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Can a typeface be designed to have characters depend on previous characters within a typed word?

Yes you can do it. You do it through an OpenType feature called Contextual Alternates (calt). Sample code: feature calt { lookup calt1 { sub a' b by a.ss01 ; } calt1; } ...
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Is there a general rule regarding font spacing?

It's called kerning, which is an additional spacing applied to specific pairs of characters1. The aim is to have a perceived equal spacing between glyphs. Mathematically equal spacing based on the ...
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What is the difference between a well constructed and a poorly constructed font?

It really tends to come down to flow: is the spacing even? Are there uneven blobs of color where everything gets to seem too thick or thin? Do strokes feel like they narrow to join evenly on the 'm' ...
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What are some common kerning pairs?

While this may not directly answer your titular question, I hope that it somewhat solves your problem: The following techniques helped me reducing the work on manually kerning a font (which was ...
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How can I create accented letters in a font where the glyphs look wrong?

If you do not want to switch to a different font, I see two quick and dirty options: As the font has a single ´ as a character, you can type s´ in your document and insert negative space in between ...
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Closest Google Font to Amazon's new "Amazon Ember" font?

I have found a link to download the Amazon Ember font and all weights on the Amazon Developer website. The file download also includes the Bookerly typeface. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/avs-...
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Why is Bounce (and Tumble) rarely done these days?

For the most part... People are lazy. Since a user has to manually adjust each glyph for most typefaces, users won't bother with the effort. In addition, some software doesn't allow for slight glyph ...
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The description and interpretations of TrueType font points and curves

TrueType uses quadratic Bézier curves, while most other vector programs (including Glyphs and Illustrator) use cubic Bézier curves. You can see that your Glyphs example does not use quadratic Bézier ...
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Can a typeface be designed to have characters depend on previous characters within a typed word?

Yes, this can be done. There are several intelligent font standards, namely AAT, Graphite, and OpenType, that allow to do this. The latter seems to be the succeeding one. Here is an example that I ...
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What is the rationale and market value for designing a new font face?

I can not answer for everybody; I can just provide an answer as to why I have made my own fonts. For me there are 3 primary reasons: Because I can. As banal as it sounds I just wanted to make one. ...
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Why do these letters have gaps in them?

Reduce blurring/smearing of the letter edges around small areas of the stencil: The gaps are additional connections from the primary area of the stencil into an area with a small shape. The ...
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How high should smallcaps be?

Not sure if all, but most small caps fonts I've seen are slightly taller than the X height, although the amount varies. I don't think there is anything set in stone. It's ultimately up to the designer....
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Implementing the Dutch IJ digraph as a ligature

Assuming that your IJ glyph is appropriate to the Dutch eye (which I cannot tell), it should be used as a ligature for I+J by default for Dutch texts. While you can restrict every OpenType feature to ...
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Is this Dutch IJ ligature suitable and readable to native speakers?

That lowercase ij is awesome 😄 My first thought was, "wow, low bridge ahead" – but I had a hunch it was to fit in with the rest of descending characters, and so it does. You even use this on the ...
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Closest Google Font to Amazon's new "Amazon Ember" font?

I'd actually go with PT Sans, which seems to share quite a few characteristics, narrow, curved lowercase l, monocameral g, high middle strokes on the M. If you need more weights, then I'd go for ...
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Why add extrema points when designing fonts?

As already mentioned, extrema are needed for font rendering and in particular hinting. To understand this, let’s at first look at what roughly happens when autohinting a glyph with extrema as anchors ...
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How to design the letter ß (eszett or sharp S)

From the article The Multifaceted Design of the Lowercase Sharp S (ß): Today there are two standard models for the design of the ß character. [...] They are recommendable for most of today’s ...
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How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

Today the easiest way to make an actual font in Illustrator (or Photoshop) is to directly install in Illustrator (or PS) an extension dedicated for that: Fontself Maker. Pros: very easy to use, ...
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Why is Verdana's lower-case pi symbol so similar to an n?

It is within the possible shapes for the letter Pi capital or small. If you look at this youtube video you will see that this is what his small Pi looks like. So now the question is: Are you ...
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Should I care about diacritic collisions?

Yes, you should care. There are some languages in which two diacritical characters can be located next to each other or diacritical characters follow f. For example, Aspell considers měšťáčtější and ...
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How to design a font like this?

This is specifically for Adobe Illustrator, but the principle will apply to any package... First, you need to draw the letter shapes with lines. It will probably help to work on a grid for this step. ...
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