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At its core, There isn't really anything wrong with Comic Sans. It was designed for a purpose - comic-book-style speech bubbles primarily. It did a good job at that - if you're going to have Microsoft Bob talk to you on a screen, Comic Sans feels more 'right' than Times New Roman. Three things have contributed to Comic Sans' unpopularity, in my view. First,...


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There are technical, compatibility, legal, authenticity, and subjective reasons for not using it. I'm going to go through each in turn listing out the reasons with examples and references. Starting with: Hitler freaks out over Comic Sans Technical Reasons There are a handful of purely technical reasons not to use it. The first, was a lack of italic ...


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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 keyboard is actually a hyphen or hyphen-minus. The vertical alignment of hyphens and dashes are often not the same as the alignment for a minus sign, which will be ...


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In many fonts you will indeed find hardly any difference between using the Unicode characters for Roman numerals and just composing them from stardard Latin letters. For example, the following shows Louis VII (top) and Louis Ⅶ (bottom, using codepoints for Roman numerals) rendered with FreeSans: Apart from a tiny difference in spacing, which was propably ...


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johnp already mentioned using an automated font identification tool might prove troublesome without a rendered sample, but you could always just make your own rendered sample. It doesn't have to be perfect since the auto-identifiers build in some tolerance to broaden the search. Luckily, your glyphs are easy enough to create: WhatTheFont returns a few ...


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URLs are not regular text Using a monospace font is not pleasing to the eye, […] Yes, but then reading URLs isn’t very pleasing anyway. So, think about for a second why you typeset a URL in the first place. Nowadays, you often do not need to do this at all, because in almost any digital medium you can equip some human-readable text with a hyperlink, ...


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Comic Sans is a poorly made font because it succeeds neither at resembling actual comic book handwriting, nor printed lettering. For comparison, here is a well designed comic book font called Crimefighter BB. The above example is italicized and all caps, so while a great font for comics, it is not exactly all-purpose. But there are plenty of other great ...


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They’re almost interchangeable – but there’s a difference of emphasis that can be useful. If you talk about the typeface, your focus is on the end result, some type’s appearance and aesthetics in use. It might have come from a font, or it might not: hand-painted signs, graffiti art, comic lettering, calligraphy, logos etc can all have distinctive typefaces ...


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If the 5x5 pixel font suggested by Cai and mayersdesign is still too large, you could try the 4x5 pixel font I made a few years ago for a challenge on another SE site. The original version included only the letters A to Z and the . and ! characters, but I just made an actual TTF version of the font (using an online tile-based font editor) that includes all ...


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I think Helvetica's biggest strength (and thus is greatest weakness) is just how "neutral" of a typeface it is. It really can work well in all sorts of situations and applications because of how balanced and neutral it is. But by the same token, it becomes "bland" - the office beige color of typefaces. I would never say Helvetica is superior to any other ...


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Could be ok for a text, but for a logo it has some flaws. The advantage of this case is that all joints are between a straight stroke and a curve stroke. Taking x as a reference kerning between the straight and the curve, all the red arrows shows different separations. This is my tip: imagine this logo like a giant construction on a wall, small mistakes ...


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Typefaces become popular for a number of reasons, partly technology (which often drives fashion -- "Because I can" is a more potent driver than most people realize), partly the cultural milieu within which they fit and become associated, partly the mood they invoke (or don't). The grotesks in general arrived on the typographic scene at a time when Western ...


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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, including adjustments for caps and rounds such as C, O, G, Q, S, etc. Stroke weights, thick or thin, are consistent between various glyphs, even if they have varying ...


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Of the original "web-safe" (that is, as close to universal as you'll get on the Web) sans-serifs (Arial, Impact, Tahoma, Trebuchet MS, Verdana), Verdana tends to get the most love. It's well-designed and is designed to be readable on the screen. It was designed by Matthew Carter, a respected typeface designer, and the design itself is pretty original, so it ...


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You're going to have trouble with most fonts at that small a size. Some will have better hinting than others and be OK, but you're unlikely to find anything that perfectly works... What you really need is a font designed specifically to work at that size. Bitmap fonts are fonts designed as actual raster images for a specific size; Photoshop has bitmap font ...


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Two quick tips for checking kerning... squinting your eyes, and inverting the text... by doing this you can focus more on the contrast and white-space and be less distracted by the actual letters themselves. This confirms what I thought when I first saw it - Looks OK to me. Edit - A comment above drew attention to a previous answer which includes my ...


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I think you're either asking about a monospaced typeface – where each character has the same width – or the tabular lining opentype feature, which makes numbers the same width in typefaces where this feature available. This is useful for displaying alot of numbers in tables for instance, or when numbers need to align perfectly across multiple lines. Some ...


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How you write is like how you dress. It's not about practicality, it's about how you present yourself. It reflects how much thought and effort you put into your appearance. It strongly influences your audience's first impression before you even open your mouth, and it colors what you have to say throughout the presentation. In this metaphor, Futura would be ...


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A few further points: Many monospaced fonts have good character differentiation. Compare 1Il and 1Il. In a pdf (you're talking about academic papers so this is a likely format) being read on screen, the font indicates that the text might be a clickable link. That's why it's often used for DOIs as well. In fact it's common to have (i.e. only the unique ...


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TL;DR The Unicode consortium recommends using the latin letter where possible and not the numeral, which where included for compatibility with East-Asian typography. The full story : (with justification of the above assertion) Unless you are doing some East-Asian typography, using the (non-archaic) Roman numeral characters from unicode (U+2160 — U+217F) is ...


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It's got to do with the legal distinction between a font and a typeface. Fonts being the digital implementation of an original typeface design. The Akzidenz-Grotesk typeface may be over a hundred years old and out of copyright, but the font that happens to share its name and is obviously based on it, is a new and distinct legal object, subject to its own ...


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Objectively you've already mostly answered it in your question: neutral In that it's 'plain' and not overly decorated, this is certainly true. Helvetica in a lot of situations doesn't impart any additional meaning (intentional or otherwise) beyond the words it is forming. well-glyphed I'm not sure I've heard that particular term before, but I ...


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It's about legibility. As in all situations, do not focus only on what they say but also on what they imply. If you look at the fonts listed that they choose as optimal for including in a text, all of them have modulated strokes. This means that the letter body gets thicker or thinner according to the path. One of the typography design statutes says that ...


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It can be confusing because often times you find out that people use the term "font" openly to refer to many things in typography. Here's a lively discussion on fonts and typefaces. Traditionally, font is a term used when discussing a set of characters of a certain typeface and in the same family. A font has also been used to describe a software used to ...


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1) First create a new document in Illustrator 2) Go to File -> Place and choose your PDF 3) Make sure the link box is checked and click Place. When the Place dialogue box pops up, click OK. 4) Go to Object -> Flatten Transparency... Make sure Convert All Text to Outlines is checked and click OK. You can now release the clipping mask and move objects ...


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If you are looking for a font which specific features, I would recommend using font identification apps/sites based on the traits you have in mind. In your case, it would be helpful to upload your final logotype to online ID sites to find something similar. Identifont is a useful tool to find a typeface based on some questions on a font's anatomy. Using ...


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The font 5x5 which is happily free (for personal use), is made specifically for 5px font heights.


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This probably is a custom type based on some different fonts. The basis seems to be Neutraface N°2 Medium and/or Aramis Light or SemiLight. Inspiration also seems to be taken from Revival and maybe even good old Futura. Someone took the time to recreate the font though, you can find it here.


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The construction of fonts changed after the 50s with the Swiss International Typographic Style. The International Typographic Style has had profound influence on graphic design as a part of the modernist movement, impacting many design-related fields including architecture and art. It emphasizes cleanness, readability, and objectivity. Many of the ...


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Nunito is really quite different to Avenir - the letters are quite rounded. I've done some serious work on this for a client and found the Google font Lato is virtually indistinguishable from Avenir - you can literally put two words in the two fonts next to each other and not tell the difference.


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