I’ve looked for an answer to this question for a long time, but I haven’t been able to fine one: what character or symbol should I use for “x” in the expression “9x5”? As in, “Use a 9x5 inch loaf pan for this recipe” or “That table measures 36x72 inches.”

I’m stumped. I hope you can help.

I'm currently setting something using Electra and have a short passage with prime marks.

I'm wondering if anyone has made a list of serif fonts with decent prime marks?

So far I've tried Californian Pro, Palatino, Times... even Sim Hei Regular. Nothing seems to complement Electra.

Any suggestions?

Hi there,

I've been working on a new identity for a young Irish independent Film Festival only in its second year. I've been undecided about a symbol I've been working on for it and I remember when I first came up with the idea I was delighted, I think Ive spent so much time looking at it at this stage that it's starting to annoy me. Looking for fresh thoughts on the symbol as for now the typeface being used is Office. I'd be delighted for any positive/negative feedback/ideas..

The brand attributes include, Vibrant, approachable, Current, Energetic - Supportive. The festival is run by volunteers and all funding comes from sponsorship.

We've designed and built a TTF Windows symbol font which seems to work perfectly in all Windows applications except CharMap. In the Charmap preview the glyphs in a section of the font are right-aligned in the cell rather than centred.

Where does the term “pi fonts” come from? And who was the first to use or popularize it?

I always assumed it was an odd abbreviation of “pictogram”, but it was never clear because the term is sometimes used to describe any non-alphanumeric/symbol font. If pi does indeed stand for pictogram, that would limit its relevance to a specific subset of symbol fonts – for example, mathematical symbols aren't pictograms.

That doesn't really match up with the kinds of fonts I typically think of when I hear the term “pi” either, which tend to be be more technical and abstract than they are pictorial. Maybe there's a connection to the mathematical concept of pi?

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Pyjpyvo 2D

A set of pictures on the subject of beer.
Designer Iryna Korchuk


What do you think guys? Can this be universally understood for Electric Car/vehicle charging station?

Hey yall, I was hoping to get some feedback or suggestions. I am currently in the process of creating a logo for a not for profit organization named Mercy Air, that provides helicopters and airplanes so that villages in remote areas of Africa can receive aid and resources, not just the easy to access places. The mark is still being edited, but the basic idea is there. My issue is with the font, I cannot seem to pick a font that says "mercy". I am trying to convey too much? Would it be better to keep it clean/contemporary and use a simple sans serif, or should I try to "fancy" it out? Any comments and suggestions are welcome.


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Logos by shape


Do you know of any resources grouping logos by shape? I'm working on a symbol that might just be a bit to simple to not have been done before.

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P. M. Hashim

Type designer in Malayalam having designed more than 25 typefaces in the language used by publishers including Malayala Manorama, Mathrubhumi, Deepika, Mangalam, Thejas and D C Books. Designed Indulekha, Ravivarma, Ambili and a symbol font Chihnangal for C-DAC Gist while working there in 1993-94. Linotype Indus is the only Roman typeface designed by him to date, ispired by Indus Valley inscriptions dating back 5000 years.

Presently running a successful information design consultancy in Cochin, Kerala, India.


A typographic symbol in the form of a star*, occupying space between the baseline and ascender height, used as a reference mark for a footnote or endnote, as illustrated by this example for the word "star" in the first line of text.

* usually five-pointed or six-pointed

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