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Different forms of ⟨a⟩ based on position in word?
Commented on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 5:33pm

The glyphs you marked with the blue boxes, you say they look like ⟨ɑ⟩ with a bar across. To me, they look like small cap ⟨ᴀ⟩.

A4 report
Commented on Thursday, 23 August 2012 - 6:41am

Gill Sans Light is not meant for body text. My suggestion is your second option, but keep GSL for illustration captions, and perhaps page numbers. The other weights of Gill Sans are still acceptable for headings, chapter titles, etc. As for the text,...

What is your favorite letter?
Commented on Thursday, 23 August 2012 - 9:45pm

I spend so much time with letters, that I am a bit jaded. So I have chosen ð (lowercase eth) as my favorite.

What started you being interested in typefaces?
Commented on Thursday, 23 August 2012 - 2:10am

I remember getting a musty old book from the school library, but for the life of me I can't remember anything about it except the typefaces. Whenever there was dialogue (and there was a lot), each character "spoke" in a different typeface. One was...

K
Commented on Saturday, 16 June 2012 - 11:43am

The only time I have seen something like this is on LCDs for hand-held electronic card games. It is a variation of the standard seven-segment display for digits 0-9, with the diagonal added to create the characters Q and K. (The characters A and J can...

First, Favorite, Font, (500 px wide).
Commented on Saturday, 15 September 2012 - 2:46am

At my college's television station, we needed on-screen graphics. This was in the late '70s, before electronic graphics were available, so that meant art cards, white on black. But almost all of the Letraset we could find were black letters. We found...

Showing web addresses in body copy
Commented on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 - 5:19pm

I just checked my Associated Press Stylebook. It recommends using the http:// at the start, and a period at the end if the URL ends a sentence. And, if an address must be carried on multiple lines, "split it directly after a...

Type cartoon panel
Commented on Thursday, 23 August 2012 - 1:33am

I found it! It was called PIXies, drawn by cartoonist Jack Wohl. It was a daily single-panel strip, with Sunday being a series of several single panels....

The "Double-O" Ligature
Commented on Wednesday, 4 February 2009 - 5:28pm

This is a furniture store in my town that has been using a double-O ligature since it was founded in 1917.
And here is one of the store's ads from sometime in 1928, I believe:...

Font for very small buildings and streets names on a map
Commented on Tuesday, 13 November 2007 - 4:34pm

Is Bell Centennial proprietary? If it is, there is good ol' Bell Gothic. I've used it on maps, and one good thing is that it wraps around curves nicely. That is handy because unless you are doing a street map of Manhattan, roads do tend to curve.

The personalities of type
Commented on Wednesday, 7 November 2007 - 12:38am

I think I see what you're getting at. And I have an idea.

It seems to me that typefaces are actors, and the texts they are used in are their roles. And just as certain actors are better suited for certain roles, so are certain typefaces better...

Design of astronomical symbols & astrological symbols
Commented on Friday, 2 November 2007 - 10:05pm

The symbols are more used in tables than anything else, simply to save space. Astrological and astronomical tables are called ephemerides (singular, ephemeris). There are some examples...

Design of astronomical symbols & astrological symbols
Commented on Saturday, 3 November 2007 - 9:00am

OK, if you are making a monospace font, you have to remember that certain glyphs, such as for Sun (☉) and Earth (⊕) for example, need to be as circular as possible, so they may be taller than x-height, but not quite as tall as cap height. You can...

Design of astronomical symbols & astrological symbols
Commented on Saturday, 3 November 2007 - 10:01am

Something else I just thought of:

Be careful to make your symbol glyphs distinctive enough from your alphanumerics, both Latin and Greek, because typesetters who use these will likely be mixing them together. For example, be sure the Jupiter...

Design of astronomical symbols & astrological symbols
Commented on Saturday, 3 November 2007 - 11:06pm

I'm not sure what you mean by "reverse primes." The only primes I know of that are used in astronomy are those for angular measurement, such as 32°18′26.5″.

You are correct, my error. Sun is U+2609.

As we are discussing...

Design of astronomical symbols & astrological symbols
Commented on Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 7:21am

mr:

Astrological symbols are the signs of the zodiac, and all the functions that go with them. Astronomical symbols include the planets, sub-planets (or whatever they're calling Pluto et al these days...

Design of astronomical symbols & astrological symbols
Commented on Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 7:18pm

These aren't fonts, they are images I have found. But if you for some reason need to use symbols in running text, you might want to use something like these with a serif font:

and...

Design of astronomical symbols & astrological symbols
Commented on Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 11:55pm

Wikipedia has some fairly good explanations of what these and other symbols mean at the articles on...

Pharmaceutical recipe symbol and a caduceus
Commented on Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 10:20pm

Joel: The "response" symbol is used in church liturgies. The part spoken or sung by the pastor is called the "versicle" and is symbolized by ℣ (U+2123). The response, marked by ℟ (U+211F), is sung or spoken by the congregation. The "response" symbol...

An appeal to native speakers to suggest copy for a typeface specimen.
Commented on Tuesday, 23 October 2007 - 9:28pm

It sounds like your best bet would be a passage of classic literature originally written in each language, and you need suggestions about what works to select.

I’m not a native French speaker, but I have read some French literature. I suggest a...

Which is your favorite logo_?
Commented on Thursday, 23 August 2012 - 7:25am

It's not really a "designed" logo, but I have always thought B.C. Transit in Broome County, N.Y., makes...

Appropriate use of the ampersand
Commented on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 - 5:38pm

There are some publications that deal with railroads which have a guideline to always use an ampersand within the name of a railroad, even if the company name officially uses and That is because those publications tend to run strings of...

0 vs. O
Commented on Saturday, 16 June 2012 - 12:01pm

When I worked in a library while in college back in the 1980s, we had a typewriter with a large point size, specifically for making call-number labels for book spines. The 0 (zero) was full height, as were all the digits. The lower-case o was x-height...

TYPE JOKES
Commented on Thursday, 25 June 2009 - 5:03pm

F U N E M?
S, V F M.
F U N E X?
S, V F X.
O K. L F M N X.

(Have you any ham?
Yes, we have ham.
Have you any eggs?
Yes, we have eggs.
OK. I'll have ham and eggs.)

I love verses...