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Typography (from the Greek words τύπος (typos) = form and γραφή
(graphe) = writing) is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make
language visible. The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces,
point size, line length, leading (line spacing), adjusting the spaces between
groups of letters (tracking) and adjusting the space between pairs of letters
(kerning). Type design is a closely related craft, which some consider distinct
and others a part of typography; most typographers do not design typefaces,
and some type designers do not consider themselves typographers. In modern
times, typography has been put into motion — in film, television and online
broadcasts — to add emotion to mass communication.
Typography is performed by typesetters, compositors, typographers, graphic
designers, art directors, comic book artists, graffiti artists, clerical workers,
and anyone else who arranges type for a product. Until the Digital Age,
typography was a specialized occupation. Digitization opened up typography
to new generations of visual designers and lay users, and it has been said that
“typography is now something everybody does.

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  1. 1. Typography Design problems Typography Research by Fady El-Masry
  2. 2. Design problems Typography 2 Typography (from the Greek words τύπος (typos) = form and γραφή (graphe) = writing) is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible. The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading (line spacing), adjusting the spaces between groups of letters (tracking) and adjusting the space between pairs of letters (kerning). Type design is a closely related craft, which some consider distinct and others a part of typography; most typographers do not design typefaces, and some type designers do not consider themselves typographers. In modern times, typography has been put into motion — in film, television and online broadcasts — to add emotion to mass communication. Typography is performed by typesetters, compositors, typographers, graphic designers, art directors, comic book artists, graffiti artists, clerical workers, and anyone else who arranges type for a product. Until the Digital Age, typography was a specialized occupation. Digitization opened up typography to new generations of visual designers and lay users, and it has been said that “typography is now something everybody does. Working in the media of engraving and the flexible steel pen, eighteenth-centurywriting masters such as George Bickham created lavishly curved scripts as well finely detailed roman capitals rendered in high contrast. Such alphabets influenced the typeface designs of Baskerville, Didot, and Bodoni. Typography The Dutch designer Wim Crouwel published his designs for a “new alphabet,” consisting of no diagonals or curves, in 1967.
  3. 3. Design problems Typography 3 Movable type was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in fifteenth-century Germany. His typography took cues from the dark, dense handwriting of the period, called “black letter.” Specimen of Trajan typeface, based on the letterforms of capitalis monumentalis or Roman square capitals, as used for the inscription at the base of Trajan's Column from which the typeface takes its name
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  6. 6. Design problems Typography 6 The type historian Rob Roy Kelly created this chart to illustrate how the square serif was manipulated to create ornamental variations.
  7. 7. Design problems Typography 7 History Typography traces its origins to the first punches and dies used to make seals and currency in ancient times. The typographical principle, that is the creation of a complete text by reusing identical characters, was first realized in the Phaistos Disc, an enigmatic Minoan print item from Crete, Greece, which dates between 1850 and 1600 BC. It has been put forward that Roman lead pipe inscriptions were created by movable type printing, but this view has been recently dismissed by the German typographer Herbert Brekle. The essential criterion of type identity was met by medieval print artifacts such as the Latin Pruefening Abbey inscription of 1119 that was created by the same technique as the Phaistos disc. In the northern Italian town of Cividale, there is a Venetian silver retable from ca. 1200, which was printed with individual letter punches. The same printing technique can apparently be found in 10th to 12th century Byzantine staurotheca and lipsanotheca. Individual letter tiles where the words are formed by assembling single letter tiles in the desired order were reasonably widespread in medieval Northern Europe. Modern movable type, along with the mechanical printing press, was invented in mid-15th century Europe by the German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg. His type pieces from a lead-based alloy suited printing purposes so well that the alloy is still used today. Gutenberg developed specialized techniques for casting and combining cheap copies of letterpunches in the vast quantities required to print multiple copies of texts. This technical breakthrough was instrumental in starting the Printing Revolution. Typography with movable type was separately invented in 11th-century China. Metal type was first invented in Korea during the Goryeo Dynasty around 1230. Both hand printing systems, however, were only sporadically used and discontinued after the introduction of Western lead type and the printing press. The painter and designer Geofroy Tory believed that the proportions of the alphabet should reflect the ideal human form. He wrote, “the cross-stroke covers the man’s organ of generation, to signify that Modesty and Chastity are required, before all else, in those who seek acquaintance with well-shaped letters. Whereas humanist designers such as Geofroy Tory were inspired by the human body, this ideal letterform was created along quasi-scientific lines. These engravings by Louis Simonneau is from an alphabet commissioned by Louis XIV in 1693. The engravings were the basis of a royal typeface (romain du roi) designed by Philippe Grandjean.
  8. 8. Design problems Typography 8 The traditional storage of fonts in two cases, one for majuscules and one for minuscules, yielded the terms “uppercase” and “lowercase” still used today. Garamond typefaces, based on the Renaissance designs of Claude Garamond, sixteenth century
  9. 9. Design problems Typography 9 The types of the eighteenth-century English printer William Caslon are characterized by crisp, upright characters that recall the fluid strokes of the flexible steel pen and the pointed quill. In the late eighteenth century, the English printer John Baskerville created type with such contrast between thick and thin elements that his contemporaries are said to have accused him of “blinding all the Readers of the Nation; for the strokes of [his] letters, being too thin and narrow, hurt the Eye.”
  10. 10. Design problems Typography 10 Text typography In traditional typography, text is composed to create a readable, coherent, and visually satisfying whole that works invisibly, without the awareness of the reader. Even distribution of typeset material, with a minimum of distractions and anomalies, is aimed at producing clarity and transparency. Choice of font(s) is the primary aspect of text typography—prose fiction, non-fiction, editorial, educational, religious, scientific, spiritual and commercial writing all have differing characteristics and requirements of appropriate typefaces and fonts. For historic material established text typefaces are frequently chosen according to a scheme of historical genre acquired by a long process of accretion, with considerable overlap between historical periods. Contemporary books are more likely to be set with state-of-the-art serif fed “text Romans” or “book Romans” with design values echoing present-day design arts, which are closely based on traditional models such as those of Nicolas Jenson, Francesco Griffo (a punchcutter who created the model for Aldine typefaces), and Claude Garamond. With their more specialized requirements, newspapers and magazines rely on compact, tightly fitted seriffed text fonts specially designed for the task, which offer maximum flexibility, readability and efficient use of page space. Sans serif text fonts are often used for introductory paragraphs, incidental text and whole short articles. A current fashion is to pair sans-serif type for headings with a high-performance seriffed font of matching style for the text of an article. Typography is modulated by orthography and linguistics, word structures, word frequencies, morphology, phonetic constructs and linguistic syntax. Typography is also subject to specific cultural conventions. For example, in French it is customary to insert a non-breaking space before a colon (:) or semicolon (;) in a sentence, while in English it is not.
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  12. 12. Design problems Typography 12 Page printed by John Baskerville The French printer Firmin Didot took Baskerville’s initiatives to an extreme level by creating type with a wholly vertical axis and razor-thin serifs.
  13. 13. Design problems Typography 13 Color In typography, color is the overall density of the ink on the page, determined mainly by the typeface, but also by the word spacing, leading and depth of the margins. Text layout, tone or color of set matter, and the interplay of text with white space of the page and other graphic elements combine to impart a “feel” or “resonance” to the subject matter. With printed media typographers are also concerned with binding margins, paper selection and printing methods. The rise of advertising in the nineteenth century stimulated demand for large-scale letters that could command attention in urban space. In this lithographic trading card from 1878, a man is shown posting a bill in flagrant disregard for the law.
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  15. 15. Design problems Typography 15 Readability and legibility Legibility is primarily the concern of the typeface designer, to ensure that each individual character or glyph is unambiguous and distinguishable from all other characters in the font. Legibility is also in part the concern of the typographer to select a typeface with appropriate clarity of design for the intended use at the intended size. An example of a well-known design, Brush Script, contains a number of illegible letters since many of the characters can be easily misread especially if seen out of textual context. Readability is primarily the concern of the typographer or information designer. It is the intended result of the complete process of presentation of textual material in order to communicate meaning as unambiguously as possible. A reader should be assisted in navigating around the information with ease, by optimal inter-letter, inter-word and particularly inter-line spacing, coupled with appropriate line length and position on the page, careful editorial “chunking” and choice of the text architecture of titles, folios, and reference links. One of the clearest distinctions between the two concepts was presented by Walter Tracy in his Letters of Credit. These … ‘two aspects of a type’ … are … ‘fundamental to its effectiveness. Because the common meaning of “legible” is “readable” there are those – even some professionally involved in typography – who think that the term “legibility” is all that is needed in any discussion on the effectiveness of types. But legibility and readability are separate, though connected aspects of type. Properly understood … the two terms can help to describe the character and function of type more precisely than legibility alone. … In typography we need to draw the definition … of legibility …to mean the quality of being decipherable and recognisable – so that we can say, for example, that the lowercase h in a particular old style italic is not legible in small sizes because its in-turned leg makes it look like the letter b; or a figure 3 in a classified advertisement is too similar to the 8. … In display sizes, legibility ceases to be a serious matter; a character that causes uncertainty at 8 point size is plain enough at 24 point.’ Text typeset in Iowan Old Style roman, italics and small caps, optimized at approximately 10 words per line, typeface sized at 14 points on 1.4 x leading, with 0.2 points extra tracking. Extract of an essay by Oscar Wilde The English Renaissance of Art ca. 1882.
  16. 16. Design problems Typography 16 Note that the above applies to people with 20/20 vision at appropriate reading distance and under optimal lighting. The analogy of an opticians chart, testing for visual acuity and independent of meaning, is useful to indicate the scope of the concept of legibility. ‘In typography … if the columns of a newspaper or magazine or the pages of a book can be read for many minutes at a time without strain or difficulty, then we can say the type has good readability. The term describes the quality of visual comfort – an important requirement in the comprehension of long stretches of text but, paradoxically, not so important in such things as telephone directories or air-line time-tables, where the reader is not reading continuously but searching for a single item of information. The difference in the two aspects of visual effectiveness is illustrated by the familiar argument on the suitability of sans-serif types for text setting. The characters in a particular sans-serif face may be perfectly legible in themselves, but no one would think of setting a popular novel in it because its readability is low.’’ Legibility ‘refers to perception’ and readability ‘refers to comprehension’. Typographers aim to achieve excellence in both. “The typeface chosen should be legible. That is, it should be read without effort. Sometimes legibility is simply a matter of type size. More often however, it is a matter of typeface design. In general typefaces that are true to the basic letterforms are more legible than typefaces that have been condensed, expanded, embellished, or abstracted. “However, even a legible typeface can become unreadable through poor setting and placement, just as a less legible typeface can be made more readable through good design.” Studies of both legibility and readability have examined a wide range of factors including type size and type design. For example, comparing serif vs. sans-serif type, roman type vs. oblique type and italic type, line length, line spacing, color contrast, the design of right-hand edge (for example, justification, straight right hand edge) vs. ranged left, and whether text is hyphenated. Legibility research has been published since the late nineteenth century. Although there are often commonalities and agreement on many topics, others often create poignant areas of conflict and variation of opinion. For example, no one has provided a conclusive answer as to which font, serifed or sans serif, provides the most legibility according to Alex Poole.
  17. 17. Design problems Typography 17 Other topics such as justified vs unjustified type, use of hyphens, and proper fonts for people with reading difficulties such as dyslexia, have continued to be subjects of debate. Websites such as, ban comic sans, UK National Literacy Trust, and Mark Simsonson Studio have raised debating opinions on the above subjects and many more each presenting a thorough and well-organized position. Legibility is usually measured through speed of reading, with comprehension scores used to check for effectiveness (that is, not a rushed or careless read). For example, Miles Tinker, who published numerous studies from the 1930s to the 1960s, used a speed of reading test that required participants to spot incongruous words as an effectiveness filter. The Readability of Print Unit at the Royal College of Art under Professor Herbert Spencer with Brian Coe and Linda Reynoldsdid important work in this area and was one of the centres that revealed the importance of the saccadic rhythm of eye movement for readability—in particular, the ability to take in (i.e., recognise the meaning of groups of) around three words at once and the physiognomy of the eye, which means the eye tires if the line required more than 3 or 4 of these saccadic jumps. More than this is found to introduce strain and errors in reading (e.g. Doubling). These days, legibility research tends to be limited to critical issues, or the testing of specific design solutions (for example, when new typefaces are developed). Examples of critical issues include typefaces (also called fonts) for people with visual impairment, and typefaces for highway signs, or for other conditions where legibility may make a key difference. Much of the legibility research literature is somewhat atheoretical—various factors were tested individually or in combination (inevitably so, as the different factors are interdependent), but many tests were carried out in the absence of a model of reading or visual perception. Some typographers believe that the overall word shape (Bouma) is very important in readability, and that the theory of parallel letterwise recognition is either wrong, less important, or not the entire picture. Studies distinguishing between Bouma recognition and parallel letterwise recognition with regard to how people actually recognize words when they read, have favored parallel letterwise recognition, which is widely accepted by cognitive psychologists.
  18. 18. Design problems Typography 18 Some commonly agreed findings of legibility research include: Text set in lower case is more legible than text set all in upper case (capitals), presumably because lower case letter structures and word shapes are more distinctive. Extenders (ascenders, descenders and other projecting parts) increase salience (prominence). Regular upright type (roman type) is found to be more legible than italic type. Contrast, without dazzling brightness, has also been found to be important, with black on yellow/cream being most effective. Positive images (e.g. black on white) are easier to read than negative or reversed (e.g. white on black). However even this commonly accepted practice has some exceptions, for example in some cases of disability. (See UK National Literacy Trust for their findings in this area.) The upper portions of letters play a stronger part than the lower portions in the recognition process. Readability can also be compromised by letter-spacing, word spacing, or leading that is too tight or too loose. It can be improved when generous vertical space separates lines of text, making it easier for the eye to distinguish one line from the next, or previous line. Poorly designed fonts and those that are too tightly or loosely fitted can also result in poor legibility. Typography is an element of all printed material. Periodical publications, especially newspapers and magazines, use typographical elements to achieve an attractive, distinctive appearance, to aid readers in navigating the publication, and in some cases for dramatic effect. By formulating a style guide, a periodical standardizes on a relatively small collection of typefaces, each used for specific elements within the publication, and makes consistent use of type sizes, italic, boldface, large and small capital letters, colors, and other typographic features. Some publications, such as The Guardian and The Economist, go so far as to commission a type designer to create bespoke (custom tailored) typefaces for their exclusive use. Different periodical publications design their publications, including their typography, to achieve a particular tone or style. For example, USA Today uses a bold, colorful, and comparatively modern style through their use of a variety of typefaces and colors; type sizes vary widely, and the newspaper’s name is placed on a colored background. In contrast, The New York Times uses a more traditional approach, with fewer colors, less typeface variation, and more columns. Especially on the front page of newspapers and on magazine covers, headlines are often set in larger display typefaces to attract attention, and are placed near the masthead. Experimental typography is defined as the unconventional and more artistic approach to setting type. Francis Picabia was a Dada pioneer in the early 20th Century. David Carson is often associated with this movement, particularly for his work in Ray Gun magazine in the 1990s. His work caused an uproar in the design community due to his abandonment of standards in typesetting practices, layout, and design. Experimental typography places emphasis on communicating emotion, rather than on legibility.
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  22. 22. Design problems Typography 22 Display typography Display typography is a potent element in graphic design, where there is less concern for readability and more potential for using type in an artistic manner. Type is combined with negative space, graphic elements and pictures, forming relationships and dialog between words and images. Color and size of type elements are much more prevalent than in text typography. Most display typography exploits type at larger sizes, where the details of letter design are magnified. Color is used for its emotional effect in conveying the tone and nature of subject matter. This Dada poster uses a variety of typefaces as well as advertising “cuts” (stock illustrations available in the printer’s shop). The layout is innovative and dynamic, fighting against the grid. of letterpress. Iliazd, 1923.
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  25. 25. Design problems Typography 25 19th century John Wilkes Booth wanted poster printed with wood and metal types Fat Face is an inflated, hyper-bold type style developed in the early nineteenth century. It is Bodoni on steroids.
  26. 26. Design problems Typography 26 Display typography encompasses: posters; book covers; typographic logos and wordmarks; billboards; packaging and labeling; on-product typography; calligraphy; graffiti; inscriptional and architectural lettering; poster design and other large scale lettering signage; business communications and promotional collateral; advertising; wordmarks and typographic logos (logotypes), and kinetic typography in motion pictures and television; vending machine displays; online and computer screen displays. The wanted poster for the assassins of Abraham Lincoln was printed with lead and woodcut type, and incorporates photography. Advertising Typography has long been a vital part of promotional material and advertising. Designers often use typography to set a theme and mood in an advertisement; for example using bold, large text to convey a particular message to the reader. Type is often used to draw attention to a particular advertisement, combined with efficient use of color, shapes and images. Today, typography in advertising often reflects a company’s brand. Fonts used in advertisements convey different messages to the reader, classical fonts are for a strong personality, while more modern fonts are for a cleaner, neutral look. Bold fonts are used for making statements and attracting attention. Inscriptional and architectural lettering The history of inscriptional lettering is intimately tied to the history of writing, the evolution of letterforms and the craft of the hand. The widespread use of the computer and various etching and sandblasting techniques today has made the hand carved monument a rarity, and the number of letter-carvers left in the USA continues to dwindle. For monumental lettering to be effective it must be considered carefully in its context. Proportions of letters need to be altered as their size and distance from the viewer increases. An expert letterer gains understanding of these nuances through much practice and observation of their craft. Letters drawn by hand and for a specific project have the possibility of being richly specific and profoundly beautiful in the hand of a master. Each can also take up to an hour to carve, so it is no wonder that the automated sandblasting process has become the industry standard. To create a sandblasted letter, a rubber mat is laser cut from a computer file and glued to the stone. The sand then bites a coarse groove or channel into the exposed surface. Unfortunately, many of the computer applications that create these files and interface with the laser cutter do not have many typefaces available, and often have inferior versions of typefaces that are available. What can now be done in minutes, however, lacks the striking architecture and geometry of the chisel-cut letter that allows light to play across its distinct interior planes.
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  31. 31. Design problems Typography 31 Glossary of Typographic Terms This section provides a small glossary of terms frequently used in the type world. Alignment The positioning of text within the text block or frame. Alignment can be flush left, flush right, justified, or centered. Flush left and flush right are sometimes referred to as left justified and right justified. Ascender The part of lowercase letters (such as k,b,and d) that ascends above the x-height of theother lowercase letters in a font. Adobe Type Manager’(ATM’) ATM Light is a system software component for the Windows and Mac OS platforms that automatically generates high-quality bitmapped character shapes on a computer monitor from Postscript Type 1or Open Type outline font data.ATM light also allows you to print PostScript fonts on non-PostScript printers. ATM Deluxe is Adobe’s personal font management application. Baseline The imaginary linen which the majority of the characters in a typeface rest. Body text The paragraphs in a document that make up the bulk of its content. Body text should be set in an appropriate and easy to read face, typically at to or 12 point size. Boldface A typeface that has been enhanced by rendering it in darker, thicker strokes so that it will stand out on the page. Headlines that need emphasis should be bold face. italics are preferable for emphasis in body text. Some publishing applications allow you to apply a computer-generated, or fake, bold style to a regular weight font. Using this technique is not recommended. Bullet A dot or other special character placed at the left of items in a list to show that they are individual, but related, points. Cap height The height from the baseline to the top of the uppercase letter in a foot This may or may not be the same as the height of ascenders. Cap height is used in some systems to measure the type size. Centered Text placed at an equal distance from the left and right margins. Titles are often centered. It is generally not good to mix centered text with flush left or flush right text. Character, character code A single letter, punctuation mark, number, space, or any other object or symbol in a typeface set. In the context of modern computer operating systems, it is often defined as a code with a meaning attached to it. Poor example, the decimal character code97 represents the letter a.Also see character encoding keyboard layout, Open Type, Unicode. Character mapping See character encoding. Character encoding A table in a foot or a computer operating system that maps character codes to glyphs in a font. Most operating systems are moving from a
  32. 32. Design problems Typography 32 platform-specific single-byte encoding system that limited the number of possible glyphs in a font to 156 to a new two-byte international encoding standard called Unicode. Unicode allows for the inclusion of up to 65,000 glyphs in a single font. Adobe’s Open Type fonts are based on Unicode. Also see character, glyph, keyboard layout, Unicode. Color See typographic color. Condensed A narrower version of a font, used to fit a maximum number of characters into a given space. Contrast A subjective feeling that graphic elements (such as fonts) are different but work together well. This gives a feeling of variety without losing harmony. Within a particular font, contrast also refers to the differences of stroke thicknesses that make up the characters. For example, Myriad has low contrast and Bodoni has high contrast Copy fitting The process of adjusting the size and spacing of type to make it fit within a defined area of the page. Decorative font An appearance-based or usage-based category of fonts. Decorative fonts are often ornate and attention-grabbing. in her book The Non- Designer’s Design Book, Robin Williams has provided a useful working definition of a decorative font:”...if the thought of reading an entire book in that font makes you want to throw up, you can probably put it in the decorative pot.” Descender The part of lowercase letters (such as y, p, and q) that descends below the baseline of the other lowercase letters in a font. In some typefaces, the uppercase J and Q also descend below the baseline. Dingbats Symbol characters such as decorations, arrows, and bullets. Display fonts Another category of fonts with characteristics similar to decorative fonts. In some typeface families, a font is categorized as a display font when it has been specifically designed for larger sizes (usually over 24 points) with thinner strokes, more delicate serifs, etc. DPL An abbreviation for dots per inch. Refers to the resolution at which a device, such as a monitor or printer, can display text and graphics. Monitors are usually 72 to 120 dpi or less, and laser printers are usually 6oo dpi or higher. An image printed on a laser printer looks sharper than the same image on a monitor. Drop cap A design treatment in which the first capital letter of a paragraph is set in a larger point size and aligned with the top of the first line. This method is used to indicate the start of a new section of text, such as a chapter. Also see raised cap. Ellipsis A punctuation character consisting of three dots, or periods, in a row. It indicates that a word or phrase has been omitted.
  33. 33. Design problems Typography 33 Em,em space,em quad Common units of measurement in typography. An em is traditionally defined as the width of the uppercase M in the current face and point size. It is more properly defined as simply the current point size. For example, in 12 point type, one em is a distance of 12 points. En dash A dash the length of an em, used to indicate a break in a sentence: His friend-also an editor- thought the same thing En,en space en quad Common units of measurement in typography. An en is traditionally defined as the width of the uppercase N in the current face and the current point size. It is more properly defined as half the width of an em. En dash A dash the length of an en, used to indicate a range of values: 1960- 1990. Encoding See character encoding. Expert set. expert collection A font that has a more refined, or expanded, set of typographic characters than regular fonts. Expert sets may contain old style figures, ligatures, small capitals, embellishments, fractions, or other unique characters. Also see Open Type. Face See typeface. Family A collection of typefaces that were designed and intended to be used together. For example, the Utopia family consists of roman and italic styles, as well as regular, semi bold, and bold weights. Each of the style and weight combinations is referred to as a font or typeface. Flush left Text that is aligned on the left margin is said to be set left or flush left, ragged right The term ragged right is sometimes used alone to mean the same thing. Flush right Text that is aligned on the right margin is said to be set flush right or flush right, ragged left. The term ragged left is sometimes used alone to mean the same thing. Font One weight, width, and style of a typeface: Optima* Bold and Helvetica Light Condensed are examples of fonts. Before digital type, a font usually referred to a specific point size of a particular style of a typeface. For example,48-point Helvetica Bold would have been considered a font. Today, the terms font, typeface, and family are often used interchangeably, though family usually refers to the general type design, such as Helvetica, and font and typeface usually refer to the specific weight, width, or style of a type design, such as Helvetica Bold Font family See family. Glyph In the context of modern computer operating systems, glyph is often defined as a shape in a font that is used to represent a character code on screen or paper. The most common example of a glyph is a letter in a specific font, but the symbols and shapes in a font like lTC Zapf Dingbats are also glyphs. Also see character, character encoding, and keyboard layout.
  34. 34. Design problems Typography 34 Hanging Indent A document style in which the 6rstline of a paragraph is aligned with the left margin, and the remaining lines are all indented an equal amount. This is an effective way to display lists of information. Headline The short lines of emphasized text that introduce detail information in the body text that follows. Also the category of typefaces that are designed to work best in headline text. Headline font A font that has been designed to look good at large point sizes for use in headlines. Headline fonts generally do not contain a complete set of characters since they do not require a fullest of special symbols and punctuation. Hints The mathematical instructions added to digital fonts to make them sharp at all sizes and on display devices of different resolutions. Italic A slanting or script-like version of a face. The upright faces are often referred to as roman. Some publishing applications allow you to apply a computer-generated, or fake, italicized style to a roman font. Using this technique is not recommended. Also see oblique. Justified A block of text that has been spaced so that the text aligns on both the left and right margins. justified text has a more formal appearance, but may be harder to read if not properly set. Kerning The adjustment of horizontal space between individual characters in a line of text. Without kerning adjustments, many letter combinations can look awkward. The objective of kerning is to create visually equal spaces between all letters so that the eye can move smoothly along the text. Some combinations of characters naturally have excessive space between them (such as Ta or vo) and must be manually adjusted by the designer or typographer. These adjusted combinations are called kerned pairs. Kerning may be applied automatically by desktop publishing programs based on tables of values built into the font. Some programs also allow manual kerning to make fine adjustments. Adjustments in kerning are especially important in large display and headline text lines. Also see letter spacing. Keyboard layout, keyboard mapping A keyboard layout or mapping is a table used by a computer operating system to govern which character code is generated when a key or key combination is pressed. Sometimes known as a character mapping. Also see character, character encoding, glyph. Leading (pronounced ledding) The amount of space added between lines of text to make the document legible. The term originally referred to the thin lead spacers that printers used to physically increase space between lines of metal type. Most applications automatically apply standard leading based on the point size of the font. Closer leading fits more text on the page, but decreases legibility. Looser leading spreads text out to fill a page and makes the document easier to read. Leading can also be negative, in which case the lines of text are so close that they overlap or touch. Letterspadng Adjusting the average distance between letters in a block of text to fit more or less text into the given space or to improve legibility. Kerning
  35. 35. Design problems Typography 35 allows adjustments between individual letters, letter spacing is applied to a block of text as a whole. Letter spacing is sometimes referred to as tracking or track kerning. Letter spacing is often adjusted to open up the look of a typeface or to add drama to a headline by stretching it across a page. Also see kerning, tracking. Ligature Two or more letters combined into a single letterform. In some typefaces, character combinations such as fiend B overlap, resulting in an unsightly shape. The fi and fl ligatures were designed to improve the appearance of these characters. Letter combinations such as ff, ffi, and ffl are available in Adobe’s expert set fonts and in most Open1’ype Pro fonts. Open Type fonts may also have other ligatures designed to improve appearance of other letter combinations (such as Th) or for artistic effect. Multiple master A class of PostScript font developed by Adobe that allows you to modify and create new fonts based on a particular style. For instance, you could create fonts that are bolder or expanded while still maintaining the correct proportions, stroke width changes, and other subtle design characteristics of the original typeface. Also see PostScript, PostScript Type 1. Oblique A slanting version of a face. Oblique is similar to italic, but without the script quality of a true italic. The upright faces are usually referred to as roman. Also see italic. Open Type A cross-platform font file format developed by Adobe and Microsoft. Open Type is an extension to the TrueType file format that can now support PostScript font data and new typographic features. Based on Unicode,Open1’ype fonts may include an expanded character set and layout features to provide richer linguistic support and advanced typographic control. Feature-rich Adobe Open1’ype fonts are distinguished by the word Pro, which is part of the font name and appears in application font menus.Open1’ype fonts can be installed and used alongside PostScript 1’ype 1 and TrueType fonts. Also see Unicode, True type, PostScript 1type 1. Optical size A specific typeface design that is tailored for the point size it is to be used at Several of Adobe’s Open1’ype fonts include four optical size variations-caption, regular, subhead, and display-that have been optimized for use at specific point sizes. Although the exact intended sizes vary by family, the general size. ranges include: caption (6-8 point), regular (9-13 point),subhead (14-24 point), and display (25-72 point).Several of Adobe’s Multiple Master fonts also include the ability to select an optical size. PFB file The portion of a Windows PostScript Type 1font that contains the font’s outline information. PFM file The portion of a Windows PostScript Type 1font that contains the font’s metria information. Paragraph rules Graphic lines associated with a paragraph that separate blocks of text. Rules are commonly used to separate columns and isolate graphics on a page. Some programs allow paragraph styles to be created that include paragraph rules above and/or below the
  36. 36. Design problems Typography 36 Pica A unit of measure in typography. A pica is equal to 12 points. The 1/6 of an inch. Picture font A font that displays pictures or symbols instead of letters or characters. Picture fonts are useful for making logos, borders or interesting bullets. Like clipart, they can also be used as graphic raw material in some graphics software packages, such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. Also known as pi fonts, symbol fonts, and dingbats. Point A unit of measure in typography. There are approximately 72 points to the inch. A pica is 12 points. Point size The most common method of measuring type. The distance from the top of the highest ascender to the bottom of the lowest descended in points. In Europe, type is sometimes measured by the cap height in millimeters. PostScript mathematically-based page description language that communicates with your output device and conveys information regarding how to create complex letter shapes and graphics. Developed by Adobe in 1985. Post Script Type 1 A font format designed to conform to the PostScript page description language. On Windows, PostScript Type 1fontsconsist of a PPB file that contains the font’s outline information and a PFM file that contains the font’s metrics. On the Mac OS platform, PostScript fonts are composed of screen fonts (or bitmapped fonts) and printer fonts (or outline fonts). PostScript fonts require a PostScript printer to render accurately or they can be printed to a non-PostScript output device using Adobe Type Manager. Also see PostScript font, Multiple Master. Printer font One of the two components of a PostScript font for the Mac OS. The printer font contains mathematically-defined outlines for all characters (or glyphs) in that font, and is downloaded to the printer when that font is used in a document Also known as an outline font. Proportional figures Numerals that have different widths depending on their shape. When setting body text, it is preferable to use proportional figures. Also see tabular figures. Raised cap A design treatment in which the first capital letter of a paragraph is set in a large point size and aligned with the baseline of the first line of text. Also see drop cap. Reverse The technique of printing or displaying whiter light­colored text on a black or dark background for emphasis. This technique greatly reduces legibility, especially with small type. Rivers Word spaces that align vertically from line to line in poorly justified text creating a distracting river of white space in a block of copy. Roman Commonly refers to the upright version of a face within a font family, as compared to the italic version.
  37. 37. Design problems Typography 37 Rule A solid or dashed graphic line in documents used to separate the elements of a page. Rules and other graphic devices should be used sparingly, and only for clarifying the function of other elements on the page. Sans serif A typeface that does not have serifs. Screen font One of two components for a PostScript font on the Mac OS platform. These are created by sending electronic information to pixels (dots) on the computer screen thus allowing you to view the font on-screen. Also known as a bitmapped font. Script font Fonts that appear to have been hand lettered with a calligraphy pen or brush,or sometimes with a pencil or technical pen. Serif A small decorative stroke at the end of a letter’s main strokes. Serifs improve readability by leading the eye along the line of type. Style One of the variations in appearance, such as italic and bold, that make up the faces in a type family. Symbol font A category of type in which the characters are special symbols rather than alphanumeric characters. Tabular figures Numerals that all have the same width. This makes it easier to set tabular matter. Most fonts have tabular figures. Also see proportional figures. Text font Text fonts are used for body copy and are most commonly serif fonts. In large families of typefaces these are often denoted with the suffixes regular or book (for example, Utopia Regular or lTC Veljovic Book). Tracking Adjusting the average distance between letters in a block of text. Generally, large type requires proportionally less space between letters to appear subjectively right visually while small type requires more letter spacing to appear right .Also see letter spading. TrueType An outline font technology developed by Apple Computer. Type 1 See PostScript Type 1. Type family See family. Typeface The letters, numbers, and symbols that make up a design of type. A typeface is often part of a type family of coordinated designs. The individual typefaces are named after the family and are also specified with a designation, such as italic, bold, or condensed. For example, the italic style of the Times family is referred to as a typeface or font.
  38. 38. Design problems Typography 38 Typographic color The apparent blackness of a block of text. Color is a function of the relative thickness of the strokes that make up the characters in a font, as well as the width, point size, and leading used for setting the text block. Unicode An international double-byte character encoding standard that encompasses virtually all of the world’s languages. Supported by many of the leading hardware and software manufacturers, Unicode assigns a unique value teach of the characters (or glyphs) in all of the world’s languages. Unjustified Depending on alignment, this term refers to text that is set Rush left, Rush right, or centered. Weight The relative darkness of the characters in the various typefaces within a type family. Weight is indicated by relative terms such as thin, light, bold, extra-bold, and black. White space The blank areas on a page where text and illustrations are not printed. White space should be considered an important graphic element in page design. Width One of the possible variations of a typeface within a font family, such as condensed or extended Word space Adjusting the average distance between words to improve legibility or to fit a block of text into a given amount of space. X-height Traditionally, x-height is the height of the lowercase letter L It is also the height of the body of lowercase letters in a font, excluding the ascenders and descanters. Some lowercase letters that do not have ascenders or descanters still extend a little bit above or below the x-height as part of their design. The x-height can vary greatly from typeface to typeface at the same point size.
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