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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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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…

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The Top 7 Design Moments Of 2014

With the end of 2014 near, it’s time to reflect on what happened in design. We said goodbye to a design legend, and witnessed the legal battle of one of the top font foundries. Website trends aimed to delight, and minimalist design prevailed. The resurgence…

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5 Things to Remember When Creating a Wordmark

Designing a wordmark* is part science and part feeling. As I learned in Michael Stinson’s Logo Design: Wordmarks class, the science of it has been lost in most modern design education. In previous generations, learning how to typeset with metal type was fundamental to becoming…

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