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Avoid Typography Mistakes With This Checklist

You Can Avoid These Typography Mistakes Avoiding typography mistakes takes a keen eye, a deft hand, and plenty of patience. However, being precise need not be overwhelming. Brushing up on your typography fundamentals and utilizing a typographic checklist will help ensure that your typesetting is both…

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How To Build Your Type Library

I’m frequently asked by aspiring designers and students alike about the best way to build a type library. With the evergrowing number of font resources – from the small, independent foundries to the mega font resellers and everything inbetween – the task can be overwhelming!…

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Understanding Figures Styles

Figures, also referred to as numerals or numbers, are a frequently-appearing element in typesetting. Not only are they used for addresses, phone numbers, dates and times, but also to indicate prices, quantities, measurements, and more. Today’s designer has several options when selecting figure styles. Unlike…

Why Do Font Sizes Vary from Font to Font?
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Why Do Font Sizes Vary from Font to Font?

Choosing the right font size is an important aspect of design. In fact, it’s absolutely critical for effective, readable type that harmonizes well with the other typographic elements. One might think this decision is a no brainer, but there are a number of variables that affect…

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Hyphenation Dos and Don’ts

Hyphenation is a common occurrence in typography, especially in narrow columns of type. This “necessary evil” is used to create better looking, tighter rags in non-aligned margins, as well as to help achieve more even spacing in justified text. Hyphenation also allows more words to…

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A Bodoni Is A Bodoni Is A Bodoni…Right?

Bodoni is Bodoni is Bodoni – right? Not necessarily. There are several reasons why your version of a font might be different from someone else’s, or even another of your own fonts. Understanding this occasional and somewhat bewildering occurrence will help head-off potential problems later…