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Mind Your En And Em Dashes: Typographic Etiquette

Mind Your En And Em Dashes: Typographic Etiquette
Advertisement An understanding of typographic etiquette separates the master designers from the novices. A well-trained designer can tell within moments of viewing a design whether its creator knows how to work with typography. Handling these typographic details on the Web brings new challenges and restrictions that need to be considered. Setting Body Copy Good typography comes down to communicating information, and the basis of information is good old-fashioned body copy – simple blocks of text. Indentation or Space After a Paragraph? When signalling the end of a paragraph and the beginning of another, you can generally either indent or insert a space between the paragraphs. Indentation Indent the first line of a new paragraph about 1 em (if your font size is 12px, then that would amount to 12 pixels). Space after paragraph A full line break of 1 em (like when you hit the “Return” key twice) is generally more than enough to signal a new paragraph. One Space After a Period. The Hyphen (al)

Daily Writing Tips Get to Know a Typeface! Minion | The IBD Blog Normally, on this site, we write about expressive typefaces that evoke strong responses. And since Shea and I are bitter, unhappy people, we write about typefaces that are easy to hate like Comic Sans and Papyrus. Minion, designed by Robert Slimbach in 1990, is one of those typefaces that only a typographer could love (not that other people dislike it; they just don’t notice it). The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst is one of the most influential books on typography. Minion is a serifed typeface designed in the “classical tradition,” which is designer code for “It was designed to look like pretty much every other serifed typeface out there.” There is nothing to dislike about Minion. In short, the advantage of Minion, specifically Minion Pro, is that it contains more characters (called glyphs) than most other fonts. Minion Pro has multiple weights (bold, semi-bold, medium, roman) plus old-style letterforms and small caps.

Taylor & Francis Author Services - Writing your article Are you new to academic writing, or do you provide support for those who are? We hope you will find our tips and information about how to get published useful. ... Valuable tips for writing paper and the submission FAQs. Specific to the journal: Latex template as well as word template to write the article." Why not start here, and then browse our Preparation pages which will tell you all you need to know about choosing a journal and writing your article. How to write a research paper Skip to navigation Tips on how to get published from people in the know – our journal editors Allan Luke, Pedagogies: An International Journal Audio file 4: What do you look for when considering articles and submissions? Abstracts Your abstract is what readers will use when they are deciding whether to read your article. In approximately 100-200 words, you will need to summarize your findings and what the implications of those findings are. Read some more guidance on writing informative abstracts Acknowledgments

How to design your own typeface | Typography After many years as a graphic designer and type enthusiast, I decided to channel some of my passion into my own lettering and typography design projects. After researching how to make your own font, it seemed a natural evolution to try my hand at designing a typeface. Much has been written about type design; on the history, drawing and technical complexities of creating typefaces (I've linked to some excellent resources at the bottom of this article) and many typography tutorials. But where exactly do you begin if you want to make your own font? If you're a designer or illustrator new to this discipline, what are the first practical steps, the common software and early considerations to get you going? I had found some useful pieces of information but they were scattered across many sources and many were dated by technology. Sharing insights 01. Designing a typeface can be a long journey so it's prudent to have a clear vision of its purpose. The options are vast. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07.

Using the comma For a printer-friendly PDF version of this guide, click here This guide explains how the comma (,) can be used to make your writing clear, unambiguous and easy to read. It gives examples of the main uses of the comma, and highlights some commonly encountered problems. Other Useful Guides: Using the semi-colon and colon, Using the apostrophe. Why use commas? Commas are used to divide or separate parts of a sentence in order to make the meaning clear and the sentence easier to read. Using commas to separate items in a list Commas are used to separate the individual words or phrases that together make up a list. The fish kept in the ponds were eels, tench, pike, perch and carp.The main reasons for the closure were low enrolment, poor learning material, staff recruitment problems and inadequate funds. Note that a comma is not normally used before the last item in the list, unless it is needed for clarification. Here, a comma is used before the last item in the list to avoid confusion. Warning!

Steps to creating a font... This tutorial is also available as a pdf version. If you wish to follow along with the tutorial, this bundle should provide you with the basic files you need. I shall not presume to teach aesthetics, I concentrate solely on the mechanics here. NOBLEMAN: Now this is what I call workmanship. There is nothing on earth more exquisite than a bonny book, with well-placed columns of rich black writing in beautiful borders, and illuminated pictures cunningly inset. Font creation First create a new font with the New command in the File menu (or by using the -new argument at startup). Give the font a name with the Font Info command from the Element menu. You may also wish to use Encoding->Reencode to change what characters are available in your font. Creating a glyph Once you have done that you are ready to start editing glyphs. The outline glyph window contains two palettes snuggled up on the left side of the window. Cubic layers (C) use third-order Bezier splines, like PS fonts.

One Sentence Wonders | Rock Your Talk One Sentence Wonders Can you sum up what you are saying in one paragraph? What about one sentence? This is a challenge I set myself every time I do a talk. If I put all that in, I would go so far over my allotted time, I couldn’t even see it with a telescope. Hence where my “one sentence” comes in. While this sometimes takes time, it soon gives me a solid start for where I want to go and what I need to say. It really is that simple. Like this: Like Loading... About Jonathan Downie I am a conference interpreter, public speaking coach, preacher and researcher.

Okay Type · Alright Sans Alright Sans is a contemporary sans-serif with a clean, prudent voice that avoids looking stiff or bland. Actually, it has just the right amount of warmth to convey a serious-yet-friendly tone. It has an open structure with shorter-than-normal capitals and a large x-height, giving it a roundabout economy that works exceptionally well across all media, in both large and small sizes. Its extensive character set, rich OpenType features, and wide range of weights makes it a reliable and versatile workhorse. Alright Sans Black Italic & Regular Alright Sans Extra Thin Italic & Bold Alright Sans Light Italic Alright Sans Regular Italic Alright Sans Medium Italic Alright Sans Extra Medium & Thin Italic Alright Sans Regular & Regular Italic Alright Sans Thin & Ultra Alright Sans Medium Alright Sans Bold Alright Sans Black Alright Sans Ultra Alright Sans Extra Thin OpenType features are awesome. Small Caps All Caps Ligatures Discretionary Ligatures Old-Style Figures Lining Figures Tabular Old-Style Figures

PEARLS OF WISDOM: THE BLOG | The Professor Is In | Getting You Through Graduate School, The Job Market and Tenure… Strong stuff: Cardozo writes, “For many if not most, being an adjunct is the professional equivalent of domestic abuse, PTSD and Stockholm syndrome rolled into a single despairing plight that has only one feasible resolution: as with any dysfunctional relationship, at some point you must first DECIDE to go, then GO. The terrible thing is that we lack the professional equivalent of transition shelters. However, The Professor is providing one kind of safe space with the Alt/Post-Ac Initiative, and I mention others below. ” by Karen Cardozo Karen Cardozo I began my visit to The Professor’s virtual office with a post on the problems of tenurecentrism, followed by musings on freeing the academic elephant from its limited range of motion. Not everything begins with a strategic plan; being open to what the universe sends is another option (read: you can thrive despite being clueless and indecisive). Once again, I discovered that I. Meanwhile, what can I tell you?

Simplifica Typography | Creative Alys SIMPLIFICA typography is an exceptional typeface created by KAIWA. It is a little condensed sans-serif typeface presenting a consistent and narrow line width. It’s excessive positioned capsheight and ascender favors legibility. A fine, simple and creative font that you simply can’t neglect. Related Posts Fenix Typography Fenix is a serif typeface designed for display and long texts, its foundations are based in calligraphy, with strong serifs and rough strokes. Writing Posted by Linda Levitt Emma Waight (@EmsWaight) is a third year PhD student in Human Geography at the University of Southampton. She blogs at If there’s one thing I do a lot of, it’s write. I haven’t always wanted to be a social scientist though. I recently attended a career and leadership development course and completed a MBTI psychometric questionnaire. So now I’m able to do the two main things that I enjoy—I’m writing up my PhD in human geography and planning an academic career in the social sciences, whilst I continue to blog about ethical fashion for my own blog and others. Starting a PhD in human geography was a steep learning curve, simply due to the change in subject matter, not in the way I approached writing. The fact that I was blogging in a fashion role before my PhD meant that blogging about academia was a natural progression. share

‘signposting’ your journal articles and chapters Many early journal writers are asked to put more signposting into their articles. Indeed, journal editors often list lack of signposting as a reason for requesting revisions. So what is signposting and why is it needed? Signposting is the construction of a ‘road map’ to the contents and argument of an article, chapter or thesis. It is a particular kind of meta-narrative which allows the reader to understand the intentions of the writer, and to understand the way(s) in which the text will proceed. The use of signposting is one of the rhetorical strategies that make the English tradition of academic argument recognisable from other kinds of writing. When approaching the writing of an article/chapter it is helpful to think of there being two narratives that need to be constructed – the substantive argument of the article/chapter, and the meta-commentary about the way that the argument is to be presented. There is no format for signposting and it would be very tedious if there was. Like this:

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: December 19, 2014 It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is here and next week is Christmas. Which means not only the end of the semester for many of you, but also grading tests and papers for hours on end. Whether you just need a break from grading, are looking for ways to stay motivated or become a more productive writer, or want to learn more about the future of the monograph, you’ll find it here. Daily Writing: How Prolific Scholars Do ItIf you’re looking to become a more productive writer, this piece by Tanya Golash-Boza is a must read. How To Think Like A Writer (Over 13,000 Likes on Facebook!) The “Wild West” of Academic Publishing What is the future of the monograph and what does this mean for junior scholars seeking tenure? What Is the Point of Academic Books?

Why We Love to Read About What Writers Drank - Alexander Nazaryan Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Parker, Cheever: These are among the names trotted out every time someone publishes yet another piece about why writers drink so much, even if it seems these days you are far more likely to find your local scribe pecking away at a Starbucks than pounding back whiskeys in some dingy bar. Which, come to think of it, is probably why nostalgia for alcoholic writers is running so high. Certainly, the drunk writer trope has been appearing with great frequency of late. Of course, plenty of hyperarticlate people don't drink or abuse alcohol. Blake Morrison, writing about Laing's book, notes that the archetype of the drunk writer is not a new one, tracing back to third-century China, where the "seven sages of the Bamboo Grove retired to the country to drink wine and compose verse." That is a sentiment we take largely as an article of faith — and love to articulate. What makes alcohol special? After all, advances in public health since the time when F.