Practical Tips for Utilizing Columns of Text in Your Layouts Designing around large blocks of type can be tough and more designers are taking the “fewer-is-better” approach when working with columns and large blocks of text. When using a mass of type, such as in a book, text-laden website or print project, much of the emphasis is more on the readability than the actual look of the type. Typefaces are important but even more important can be the number of columns used in combination with the words. Like the article? Typeface and Style The first thing to take into consideration when considering how many columns to use is font selection and how much type the project includes. The type style is also a factor. Many print and web designs you see today employ a simple, single column design for the main text element. Multiple column layouts are best reserved for applications that can be viewed all at once, such as in print projects or for e-readers. Type of Project Newspaper and magazine layouts also use multi-column layouts with lots of text. Conclusion
Sub-Studio Design Blog Column (typography) An example of a two column layout (double folio) with caption. Column contrast refers to the overall color or greyness established by the column, and can be adjusted in a number of ways. One way is to adjust the relationship between the width and height of the column. Another way is to make adjustments to the typeface, from choosing a specific font, to adjusting weight, style, size and leading. Column inch Carter, Rob.
Free Carlsberg Sans Light Fonts $40$ at MyFonts.com | 128 fonts $16$ at MyFonts.com | 32 fonts $18$ at MyFonts.com | 12 fonts $26$ at MyFonts.com | 20 fonts $30$ at MyFonts.com | 8 fonts $29$ at MyFonts.com | 20 fonts 15 top typography resources | Typography If you are looking for help with fonts or type, these typography resources are for you. The web is a wonderful thing, brimming with resources and tutorials for people wanting to learn about the discipline and see some examples of beautiful and innovative typography to inspire. But, sometimes, too much choice can be confusing, so we've picked some top sites that will really help you get to grips with it. Check them out - and let us know if we've left out any of your favourite resources in the comments below... 01. We Love Typography is type heaven. 02. Incredible Types is 'a curated collection and showcase of outstanding typography and design from around the world'. 03. The name of this site says it all really. 04. Typefaces are something of an obsession at Copenhagen design agency e-Types, so they set up online type foundry Playtype. 05. Typedia is a brilliant resource for anyone who's interested in Typography but doesn't know where to start. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
Typography Keyboard Layout: Download Now! Advertisement In January we commissioned Ilya Birman, a Russian designer with passion for typography, to adapt his typography keyboard layout (which has become a common typographer’s tool in Russia) to create a version for English-speaking designers, artists and, of course, typographers across the globe. The main idea was to provide the web design community with a handy tool that would let designers enter characters that are usually unavailable on a keyboard easier and quicker. If you already tried to enter such words like naïve or résumé or used special symbols (trademark symbol ™) or pay attention to punctuation (en-dash, em-dash, hyphen etc.) and diacritics (accents, cedillas, etc.), you probably know what we mean. We asked our Twitter followers to participate in our beta-testing. In this post we release the Typography Keyboard Layout – a simple, yet useful tool that lets you enter characters that are usually unavailable on a keyboard with ease. Typography Keyboard Layout (Win / Mac)
Readability Update: On February 1, 2011, Readability was re-launched into a full-fledged reading platform that includes mobile support, queuing articles for reading later and a greatly improved reading view. In addition, the platform provides a unique model for supporting publishers and writers through your reading activity. Visit to learn more. Reading anything on the Internet has become a full-on nightmare. As media outlets attempt to eke out as much advertising revenue as possible, we’re left trying to put blinders on to mask away all the insanity that surrounds the content we’re trying to read. It’s almost like listening to talk radio, except the commercials play during the program in the background. Recently, Mandy Brown wrote a wonderful article for A List Apart called In Defense Of Readers. Despite the ubiquity of reading on the web, readers remain a neglected audience. In response to all this madness, we’d like to introduce Readability:
Typograph – Scale & Rhythm This page falls somewhere between a tool and an essay. It sets out to explore how the intertwined typographic concepts of scale and rhythm can be encouraged to shake a leg on web pages. Drag the colored boxes along the scale to throw these words anew. For the most part, this text is just a libretto for the performance you can play upon it. Choosing sizes Don’t compose without a scale. Of course, good typesetting requires something more than selecting a series of font sizes, just as music consists of something more than choosing notes. Vertical Tempo Most pages of continuous prose pulse with a particular vertical rhythm, established by the lines of its main words, sentences, and paragraphs. For this, Bringhurst suggests another rule of thumb: Add and delete vertical space in measured intervals. Size and rhythm make each other interesting. Sizing up the <body> The first step: establish the size of the main text. Here, it pays to work with the grain. Declare <body> font-size using % The em
Beginners Guide to OpenType -- MAGNETSTUDIO OpenType (OT) is a cross-platform type format that includes expert layout features to provide richer linguistic support and advanced typographic control. Using OT technology you can substitute your characters for different glyphs1 using many different methods; Ligatures, Small Caps, Oldstyle Figures, Fractions, Superscript/Subscript, Ordinals, Alternates, Titling Characters and many more. This beginners guide will help to illustrate some of the more common features found in OT fonts and when they should be used. Small Caps Small-cap glyphs are smaller versions of normal-cap glyphs. Result: Substitutes the lowercase glyphs with small-cap glyphs. Ligatures Ligatures are designed to correct awkward character combinations where letter shapes may collide creating an unwanted effect. Result: Substitutes a specific sequence of glyphs with a ligature glyph. Stylistic Alternates 1.
On Choosing Type First Principles Typography is not a science. Typography is an art. There are those who’d like to ‘scientificize’; those who believe that a large enough sample of data will somehow elicit good typography. Before we get to the nitty-gritty of choosing type, let’s briefly talk about responsibility. If you’ve understood the above two paragraphs, then you’ll know that what follows is not a set of rules, but rather a list of guiding principles. Sans or Serif? In my opinion, a lot of time is wasted attempting to prove that one is better than the other for setting extended text. Rather than write another ten paragraphs on this topic, I’ll simply say that we read most easily that which we are most familiar with. Guideline One: honour content This, of course, should be every typographer’s mantra. [typography] is a craft by which the meanings of text (or its absence of meaning) can be clarified, honored and shared…. Guideline Two: read it And, no, I’m not being facetious. Probably not. And finally…
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