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Ashley Roca's picture
Joined: 2 Jun 2017 - 3:53pm
Typography for Dictionary Entry

I am looking an example of a well designed layout for a dictionary definition. I attached a photo of an example. Does anyone know of or have examples of printed definitions with carefully chosen typography and spacing? Or digital examples? perhaps the heading on a webpage, where the main heading is the business's name (i.e. pentagram) and beneath the heading is the pronuncation (i.e. /ˈpen(t)əˌɡram/) along with the type of speech (i.e.), the definition itself, and the origin of the word (i.e. origin: Greek, "pentagrammon").

They can be non traditional layouts as well. I am mainly looking for font pairings. I realize this is very specific, but any help would be much appreciated. Even if you can't find examples perhaps suggestions of font pairings, spacing, what words to italicize etc. 

Hannes Famira's picture
Joined: 19 Mar 2003 - 2:13am

Typographically speaking my all time favorite dictionary is the Dutch Dikke Van Dale:

Tomasz Burawski's picture
Joined: 20 Jul 2017 - 4:18am


Willie Fifita's picture
Joined: 7 Apr 2017 - 8:59pm

There's a ton of these on Pinterest, use the keywords Vintage + Dictionary. A lot of the older dictionaries were the better ones as they included the etymology of the word.

Shilpa Malhotra's picture
Joined: 11 Sep 2017 - 8:01am

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