Optical Margin Alignment in InDesign
Even with all the technology at the disposal of today’s designers, in the end it’s what the human eye sees that counts. That’s why hung punctuation is one of the skills to master when you’re ready to add professional finesse to your typography.
OpenType Pro fonts offer an extended character set supporting most Central European and many Eastern European languages, as well as English. Many also contain small caps, old style figures, extended ligature sets, swash and alternate characters.
The Story Behind Comic Sans
Vincent Connare designed Comic Sans in 1995, for applications intended for children. Fifteen years later, the font is wildly popular with users of all ages – except for graphic designers, most of whom love to hate it.
Type Trading Cards: Baskerville/Linex Sans
Modern Baskerville fonts are based on the type of John Baskerville, the distinguished eighteenth-century English printer and type founder. His original type was based somewhat on Caslon, but is a more precise design with more contrast in character stroke thickness.
Typeface as decoration
When you select type that’s going to be read, legibility is key. But when you use type as decoration, creativity wins the day. Designing non-typographic elements out of type used to be painstaking work. Thanks to today’s robust software, you can create original ornaments by having fun with fonts.
Good Display Face Part 2
In Part 2 of a two-part series, Ilene Strizver takes on the question: what makes a typeface a good choice for display settings? Once you’ve made your choice, a few simple adjustments will get your display copy the attention it deserves.
Good Text Face Part 1
Although some of the identifying characteristics of a good typeface are universal, others vary depending on whether the face is intended for text or display applications. This month we’ll discuss what makes a text typeface worth using..
Hyphens, En-dashes and Em-dashes
Hyphens, en-dashes and em-dashes are frequently used punctuation marks that are just as frequently misunderstood. All three marks are essentially horizontal lines, though their lengths vary. However, these three different marks have very different purposes, and using a hyphen to do an m-dash’s job is just as much of a punctuation error as using a question mark in place of a comma.
Proper email etiquette means a lot more than saying please and thank you. Follow these tips on everything from fonts to attachments, and you’ll be sure your message arrives intact and readable.
Type Trading Cards: Bembo/Gill Sans
The history of Bembo originates in Venice, an important typographic center in 15th and 16th century Europe. Many printers established businesses in Venice at this time, but none so significant as Aldus Manutius. Next to Gutenberg, Aldus was perhaps the most influential printer of the Renaissance – and the first of many great scholar–printers.