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Ideas for typesetting optional inflectional endings – small parentheses?
Commented on Thursday, 14 February 2013 - 5:03am

I would use normal parentheses, not the small caps, which to a graphic designer could look better, but I have the feeling that, when read at a small text size, they will risk to disappear to a reader's eye. But check out the kerning: in the German...

Typographic problem, student in need.
Commented on Monday, 4 February 2013 - 3:26am

Matt, FF Scala has been used for many subjects - I have seen art and recipes books set in it - and it isn't a "democratic" or political typeface per se (*).

If you're stuck with the idea of finding a typeface related to the subject of your book...

Academic quotation from sixteenth-century Holy Roman Empire decree
Commented on Monday, 4 February 2013 - 3:05am

Alex, as others already pointed out, I wouldn't set indented quotations in a different font: I think you should mantain the overall texture of the page homogenueus. Instead, you could try a smaller size and leading (eg. main text in 11 pts, quotations...

Which sans-serif to pair with Chaparral Pro?
Commented on Monday, 4 February 2013 - 3:32am

Janko, once I have paired Chapparal with Today Sans, with, I think, good results.

Garamond Premier Pro bug?
Commented on Friday, 1 February 2013 - 7:22am

The capital H looks strange only in the Light Display weight, set at any size, and in different applications (Indesign, Photoshop, Text Edit). I wonder if anybody else who owns the font could test it.

Looking for New Century Schoolbook as OpenType
Commented on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 - 5:33am

As far as I know, no one of the available digital versions of Century Schoolbook features nor small caps neither old style figures (so it's not a matter of compatibility with MS Word, Peter). But I could be wrong. The only typeface related to Century...

Your favorite Baskerville?
Commented on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 - 4:33am

Jayson, maybe I'm late to the party, but: Monotype's and Storm's are at the opposite sides in terms of darkness and readability, the former being the lighter and the latter being the heavier. I'm not sure that Monotype's digital version would be the...

Diamond Tittles
Commented on Monday, 5 November 2012 - 2:59am

Sumner Stone's Sator:


Combining fonts
Commented on Saturday, 27 October 2012 - 4:37am


Electra vs. Parkinson Electra?
Commented on Thursday, 25 October 2012 - 5:34am

Interesting thread. I can't tell the difference between the old Electra and Parkinson's version, but as alternative approach you could try to look for an historical link. For example: since the first documented, Modern appearance of Tarot seems to...

First line left indent question
Commented on Friday, 21 September 2012 - 5:49am

Carolina, as a standard rule, I set the indent measure as the same of the em dash of the typeface I'm using in the paragraph. I have exeperienced that, for example, in a Garalde set at 11 points, this measure turns out to be - approximately - at 3,5...

Anyone know of any fine made in Italy books with great typography?
Commented on Thursday, 2 August 2012 - 3:31am

zeno333, are you referring to this? I haven't seen that, but most likely it looks like an average, market edition - althought is features illustrations and...

A violin maker's business card
Commented on Thursday, 12 July 2012 - 5:29am

Nice concept and layout. Here's my two cents:

- The last two bottom lines with phone numbers and contact info should be set in a smaller size, say 2 points less than the luthier's name line of text.
- I would increase a little, in general...

Page geometry
Commented on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 - 10:06am

Tschichold's canons of page construction are historically related to an era where books were mostly hard-covered and would open flat; therefore, one designer could easily set a tight interior margin (and large exterior margins) without the risk of...

Extremely well-spaced & kerned fonts?
Commented on Thursday, 12 April 2012 - 8:13am

Speaking of a massively-kerned typeface, it seems that Silica, by Sumner Stone, went through "six thousand different character combinations of the font before releasing it to the public" (info taken from a mid-Nineties source). I have the typeface and...

Different weights with equal width
Commented on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 - 2:23am

Silica, by Sumner Stone:


Investment decision concerning text font purchase
Commented on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 - 5:31am

Celeste, a contemporary reinterpretation of the Transitional heritage, by Christopher Burke, seems an appropriate choice for your needs - text settings for reports instead of, say, novels or more "literary" oriented publications. I have read a book...

Medical Magazines
Commented on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 - 2:22am

Matthew, this is not strictly medical-related, but between 1955 and 1968 the great Jan Tschichold was hired as graphic consultant for the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche where he designed, among other things, their house organ. I have seen...

Frutiger for body doesn't feel right – is it technically?
Commented on Thursday, 15 March 2012 - 5:15am

With the risk of sounding at odds with the general opinions expressed here, I think that Frutiger can work nicely in long text settings - say, in a magazine environment. Nonetheless, What Lovisa Jones says about the look of the roman weight is true -...

Mrs Eaves- Overused?
Commented on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 - 5:17am

The client requested ".. a combo of Georgia and Raleway.." ..

Georgia, a great typeface, was designed optimally for screen reading. How will your zine be printed? Offset? Digital? That should influence your typeface's choice. As a personal...

Proper Type of Dash for the Speaker of a Quote?
Commented on Monday, 12 March 2012 - 4:02am

What Nick Shinn and Kent Lew said. No dash should be required in quotes. Plus, you shouldn't use the quotation marks either. Just set the quote in roman and the author's name in small caps.

Ultra Condensed Serif typeface
Commented on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 - 3:18am

How about Kepler Condensed? Being insipired to the "Modern" typefaces period (late XIX century), it should fit with Akzidenz Grotesk.

Feedback on Font Pairing, Headline and TOC design please
Commented on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 - 2:20am

Florian, some quick things I noticed on your layout, which, in general, looks good:

TOC page. I don't understand the ratio of having different alignments (left and right). And, since the entire document is set asymetrically on left, why don't...

Feedback on Font Pairing, Headline and TOC design please
Commented on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 - 6:07am

"When fitting the subheads to the bodytext, do you take the x-height of the body text as a measure or the capital heights?"

I'd say x-height, althought I don't have Monserrat and can't make a straight comparison myself. Anyway, if the typefaces...

Classic serif at text size and display?
Commented on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 - 2:47am

Charles, this is going slightly offtopic but I'm very much interested in your argument. Could you specify it? In which way - I mean with which printing technique - typefaces like Minion, Arno, Freight, Cycles, Clifford and Andron wouldn't look good...