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Large X-Heights = More readable?
Commented on Friday, 16 February 2007 - 12:04pm

I only have a few observations to add to this fascinating discussion. As usual, largely those of a reader of books.

My basic point, I think, is that so far as I can see all generalizations about readability are suspect. So much depends...

Confusing logo
Commented on Tuesday, 20 June 2006 - 7:51am

I think the original version is best. I got it at once, albeit with a tiny "tick" of having to think about it, which is surely a good thing for a logo.

Microsoft ClearType fonts released!
Commented on Thursday, 1 June 2006 - 5:47am

I can't see why small caps should not work as the italic and bold buttons do: you get true italics and bold if they are available, and faked ones if not. Admittedly, the faked ones look dreadful and a surprisingly large number of users don't seem to...

Helvetica is the Greatest or Not
Commented on Friday, 21 April 2006 - 7:52am

Helvetica, for me, is truly a mystery. It's not just that it is used in so many situations where it is positively inappropriate. What popular type is not? It's rather that there is to my mind no situation at all ever in which some other face would not...

AFM modification legality
Commented on Tuesday, 7 February 2006 - 9:32am

Hold on.

Whether or not AFMs themselves are copyrightable/copyright (I have no idea) will not answer the question, because AFMs are not usually supplied "alone", but as part of a font including other files, notably outlines, which certainly ARE...

Caslon tabular Old style numerals
Commented on Thursday, 17 November 2005 - 12:18pm

On the roundness, I seem to recall something in Smeijers' Counterpunch about 0 being traditionally cut using a drill (not a counterpunch) so that it truly was a perfect circle. I don't know whether, apart from the typographical convenience of...

Dual language stationery
Commented on Tuesday, 4 October 2005 - 5:47pm

I would steer clear both of colour and italics. There's no functional reason to draw attention to the differences between the languages. No-one's going to think: "I wonder which one is Welsh? I know, it must be the green/italic one." What matters most...

"True" Old-Style Numerals
Commented on Friday, 30 September 2005 - 5:15am

I'd say (in order of width) 1, 5, 3, {8, 0}, {6, 9}, {2, 7, 4}. In particular, I like the horizontals of 2, 7 and 4 to be relatively long, and I think the commonest fault is to make 3 and 5 too wide. Especially 3, which often seems to end up much too...

Adobe Paragraph Composer
Commented on Monday, 19 September 2005 - 4:55am

As I understand it, the single-line composer does the best it can justifying each line. Having done that, it then justifies the next line to the best it can be given what has gone before, and so forth.

But better spacing overall can...

Working with Word and InDesign
Commented on Monday, 5 September 2005 - 8:34am

I think these are different tools and (for various reasons) (e.g., footnotes, cross-references, automatic generation of tables of contents and so forth) I would generally stick to a word-processor for writing. You can still have something better than...

Is Letterhead Fonts wrong?
Commented on Monday, 29 August 2005 - 3:48pm

This seems short-sighted to me, from a purely commercial and self-interested perspective. My thinking is as follows:

(1) A foundry only loses financially through piracy if either (a) a person who would otherwise have licensed a font and paid...

Lanston Garamont
Commented on Tuesday, 24 May 2005 - 6:34am

Thanks that clears it up. The book Goudy was working from was the one that was discovered (in 1926, so after Goudy had done his work) to misattribute the font. So it seems clear: Garamont is a Jannon, though Goudy would have thought when he made it (...

Advice needed for NEW DESIGNER of tried and tested rules of KERNING
Commented on Monday, 23 May 2005 - 5:01pm

I'm not really a designer so beware but ...

(1) Above all, look. Adjusting the space between letters is a matter of eye. You are aiming for something that looks even. The human eye is a wonderfully acute instrument. Look at type around...

The Digital Curtain -or- Will you stop staring please and say something?!
Commented on Monday, 23 May 2005 - 1:08pm

Diffidence, in this context, seems to me to be healthy. There's no point in posting unless you have something to ask or something to say which (1) you think might interest other people and (2) hasn't already been said. The idea that you must post even...

Let's discuss Wiki Etiquette
Commented on Monday, 16 May 2005 - 5:38pm

I am torn about this. On the one hand, there's no point having a Wiki which is just a free-for-all, with people endlessly scrubbing and rewriting each other's views, so I write "Wilbur Poodlesmith was a genius who designed some of the most beautiful...

Stuck with a thorn
Commented on Sunday, 17 April 2005 - 11:02am

Wuns yu start asking wy inglish duz not hav a rashnel sistem of speling, yu very kwikly hit a brik worl. For historikel reezonz wee ar stuk with a mes, in wich the absens ov a thorn karakter iz the leest ov our difikulteez. Peesmeel introdukshon...

Bembo Book
Commented on Saturday, 16 April 2005 - 4:35am

I have never printed letterpress from photopolymer plates. But GL may well be right that the fractional extra darkness of Bembo Book will cause problems. Indeed, I find that at 10pt (on a decent laser printer) the eye (...

Bembo Book
Commented on Tuesday, 12 April 2005 - 5:49pm

I can’t answer the question. But would someone with a really good printer have a look at the PDF and tell me if the spacing looks right? To my eyes it’s rather uneven; but I don’t know enough to say whether...

Bembo Book
Commented on Wednesday, 13 April 2005 - 3:48pm

A report from the front; partly subjective.

To report on what can be objectively verified: Yes Bembo Book does have alternate R, and two alternate Qs, and all the ff ligatures it needs.

To report on how it does (...

The bouma of space craft
Commented on Saturday, 9 April 2005 - 6:04pm

I don’t know enough to say which is which. My own subjective view (taking cover):

The left hand column is better.

Only slightly better.

This is based almost entirely on one letter combination “ff” which...

Font suggestions for children's book
Commented on Friday, 8 April 2005 - 7:02pm

Sorry to come late to the party. But as a parent can I make a plea. Please consider whether this is (1) a book to be read by children or (2) a book to be read to children. If it is a book to be read to children then remember you are actually setting...

MS Word and OpenType
Commented on Friday, 18 March 2005 - 4:28am

The other option (which I have found better, generally) is to type everything “straight” and then use find and replace to make the changes when the document is complete. You search, say, for all figures in Utopia Regular and replace them...

Syntax or Cronos companion
Commented on Tuesday, 1 February 2005 - 12:28pm

What about Albertina? It seems to me to be close enough to Cronos to look compatible, but with enough tension to provide contrast. It’s distinctly humanist, but not antiquarian. It’s not overused. It’s very easy to work with....

Arnhem for liturgical text?
Commented on Tuesday, 28 September 2004 - 4:08pm


Thanks for the suggestion. I don’t believe Print was on my radar screen at all, and it’s rather admirable (I’m going on the PDFs; I should check out Print itself—presumably St Bride...

Arnhem for liturgical text?
Commented on Tuesday, 28 September 2004 - 4:10pm

Thanks for the suggestion and information, Hrant. I don’t believe Print was on my radar screen at all, and it’s rather admirable (I’m going on the PDFs; I should check out Print itself—presumably St...