often used as a synonym for typeface which is a set of one or more fonts, in one or more sizes, designed with stylistic unity, each comprising a coordinated set of glyphs

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Reasonable (big) default font sizes

In our app (a CAD type app for the casual computer user) we allow users to choose from a number of preset font sizes. These defaults are picked pretty arbitrarily from what OS X offers in their ...
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Difference - Font and Typeface

I would like to know the difference between a font and a typeface. If anyone could please help me. I tried to Google it, but I can't understand that in general, Why the term 'Fonts' is used rather ...
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Why do people love Comic Sans?

I don't want to know why people hate Comic Sans. What I want to know is why so many people love using it? A lot of us, including me, have an inherent aversion to it. A lot many others stop using it ...
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Serif/sans-serif and memory

I read that serif letters are more easily recognizable when you look at them, and because I am working on project linked to the memory, I was wondering if the fact that they are more easily ...
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Is it okay to use a font as a “signature” for a product?

I noticed that the Italian party Forza Nuova tends to use the same font through all their graffiti and handwritten propaganda in general (a few examples here). This suggested me the idea that the same ...
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Why do movie posters use credit fonts that are hard to read?

Many contemporary movie posters typeset the credits in an extremely thin font: Is this just out of convention or is there a particular reason for deliberately making the credits hard to read?
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Why are certain fonts more legible than others?

Given that I have at least basic understanding of typography, I would like to understand what attributes typography designers alter to make text more legible and more pleasing to the eyes? For ...
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What is the research behind Font Awesome? [closed]

I'm using Bootstrap for a site which defaults the use of Font Awesome. So far it looks beautiful, but I started trying to find the reasons why Font Awesome was so awesome so I might compare it to ...
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Does the use of monospaced fonts negatively affect legibility of article text?

Is there any reason I should not use monospaced typefaces for text in articles? Do they negatively affect the reader's ability to easily read long-form text?
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Is it ok to use different fonts for translated versions of the same website?

I am building a webpage for a company that is present in many countries, thats why there will be individual websites for every country. While having no problems with the technical aspects, I am a bit ...
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UX Experiment: How does an existing website look without text?

I was just thinking about a way to hide all text from a website to put focus on the elements that are there when no content is present. Does anyone know of a tool, CSS hack or bookmarklet that can ...
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Localization for Polish diacritics

I am working on an android software package. and the font we are using does not support many of the Polish diacritics (eg ΕΊ). is it acceptable to substitute latin characters for unsupported ...
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Need a font with unambiguous letters for commonly confused characters [closed]

Must-have A few stipulations for an unambiguous font: - It must be easily legible. - It must have a slashed zero (so as to distinguish it from capital O). - It must sufficiently differentiate ...
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font rendering issue [closed]

I have been designing the UI for a financial application. I'd usually do high-fidelity mockups using Photoshop and send them to the developers. What I have noticed is that the text in the actual ...
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Bold font on buttons? [closed]

I'm used to the buttons with in bold. They need to attract attention. And bold font style is one way. But, I've heard that sometimes such text looks awful (for example, Mac?). In bootstrap 3 font on ...
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How to make font that clearly distinct “b” and “d” without sacrificing legibility

In x86 assembly language there are two registers named BX and DX. In the 32bit architecture, their names are EBX, EDX and in 64bit RBX and RDX. The lower byte is respectively BL, DL and the higher ...
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What is the generic name for fonts that have words in them?

Is there a generic name given to fonts like this? I would also like to know if they are hand made or generated by an application.
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What default font to choose for desktop applications?

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Which font family do we use for new applications in 2013? [closed]

I am working on the new design for a product. It is a serious product with file management and related display options. Previously Lucida, Arial, Helvetica and Verdana fonts were used but currently ...
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Name for Monospace vs Proportional fonts?

If one wants to classify all fonts as either monospace (fixed-width) or proportional (variable-width), then how should this property of a font be called?
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Trying to create a decent semi-flat design. Failing [closed]

We hit a snag in our project: We've only got a few weeks till launch and the designer who was to make a skin for our product has not delivered the (very) goods. I took a stab at creating a skin for ...
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How can I make these links more obvious to click on?

I'm working on a website redesign for a dental laboratory. While testing the home page with a user, they never clicked on the links in the subnavigation. They clicked on the larger buttons in the ...
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Slanted cursor+background for italic text?

In most applications that I'm familiar with, a text cursor in insertion mode is universally represented as a vertical blinking bar: As you can see, for some italic letters this creates visual ...
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Truly cross-browser/cross-platform font-rendering web embedded fonts? Does it all come to images? [closed]

I've spent eons diving into @font-face issues for RTL languages, font-rendering on different browsers, PDF support, and so on. My objective is to have CSS-compatible Arabic (a RTL language) text on ...
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Is there a unified font size metric across all applications?

This is not precisely UX related, but very important to user interface design in general. In summary, across applications (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash) and platforms (Browsers, .NET, Mac, ...
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Any usability studies of the readability of Open Sans?

I like the look of Open Sans, but I've heard anecdotes of people having trouble reading it. For example on the Wordpress post about it, most are praising it, but a few people are quite negative: ...
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Should both bold and italics be allowed in electronic flashcards?

When people create electronic flashcards, is there a valid need for them to have markdown for both bold and italics? This is a question that I have been debating with some colleagues for a while now ...
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Choosing a font for text [closed]

I am trying to decide on fonts to use for my website. While I do this I need a easier way to choose between fonts. And I need to see how my title, menu items look in the fonts I choose. I am looking ...
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Web-safe fonts: do Apple devices ship with Arial?

Currently my font stack is "HelveticaNeue-Light","Helvetica Neue Light","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,"Lucida Grande",sans-serif. The issue I'm having is that some of my images/buttons with text ...
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Alternatives to underlining an email address to signify MS Outlook “Check Names” feature

MS Outlook has a feature called Check Names that converts an email address to a full name, underlines it, and makes it uneditable (aside from deleting the resolved name). Some of my font enthusiasts ...
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How do I determine which font a website is using? [closed]

I'm often curious to know what font a website is using. Using the inspector in Chrome or Safari I can easily identify the font-family style being applied, but that gives a list of fonts with no ...
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Allow users to change fonts for increased reability

Looking to see if anyone has found any recommendations/best practices on allowing users to toggle different font-types. Particularly the ability to toggle between standard font-sets and one designed ...
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Should Font Faces be the Same Across Different Devices?

My company has been working on a fluid grid design for our website so users can access information through their mobile phones and tablets. I was thinking of incorporating a font change on various ...
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“Best practice” font for information heavy web applications

We run a B2B, information dense web application (a helpdesk) and our base font is currently 13px Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif We've been thinking about using a webfont to improve this. ...
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Should font styles used on a website be the same as logo?

I have been given a professionally created Brand Standards Manual that defines two fonts in the brand. When I am designing the website, should I just use the fonts defined in this standard for my ...
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What font selection tools are available? [closed]

I am not a graphic designer, but I must find a font that has these considerations: Readable onscreen at small (8-10px) sizes Distinguishes readily between I, l, and 1 (Upper I, Lower L, and one) A ...
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Which fonts are safe for use on the web today? [closed]

The fonts that were allowed for use on the web are limited. But over the last few years, the fonts that could be safely used on a web page for styling elements have increased. In this day, which fonts ...
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How annoying is it to see your native language rendered with no accents?

I'm localizing my iOS app. All of the screen text, though, is rendered in a handwriting font made by our designer... that contains no special characters. (Yeah, roll your eyes. Go for it.) As I'm now ...
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Font for huge display [closed]

For a huge display at a festival, who in their marketing uses Times New Roman, which font would you recommend? We need it to be readable even from long distance. Could you recommend us a Google web ...
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Use of typekit fonts [closed]

I was wondering if Typekit fonts are used on any big sites. I know on their site https://typekit.com/ it says Twitter and NYTimes use it, but actually checked out the source on their pages, it doesn't ...
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Load Fonts First or Last?

Fonts compete for available bandwidth and out of necessity have to be referenced as external files, rather than being inlined as can be done with essential CSS to avoid a FOUC (Flash of Unstyled ...
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A proper cross-platform sans-serif font stack for 16px font-size? [closed]

Although I have a Windows system, I am not basically a Windows user, and do all my stuff on Linux. Are Windows users really used to Arial? I mean, it's really thin and rough looking when compared to ...
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When using Verdana, is it common to use Tahoma for headlines? [closed]

So Verdana looks excellent at small sizes. For big sizes like headlines though, is it common to use Tahoma as a replacement, which I hear is a condensed version of Verdana?
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Different Font Faces in same Web Application

The context here is a web application delivered through the browser. My question is: is it ever okay to have different font faces or a single application? To me it looks obvious but not egregious.
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Arial vs Verdana for ecommerce sites [closed]

Struggling to choose between Arial (11px) and Verdana (10px) as screen font for my ecommerce site. Here are my thoughts: Arial has that connection to Helvetica. It oozes authority. Most popular ...
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Which websites stock good quality free fonts? [closed]

I know www.fontsquirrel.com and www.fontfabric.com that stock free fonts, but are there any other sites out there that have good quality free fonts?
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Good fonts that read vertically

I'm looking for some fonts that read well vertically. By vertically I mean text that runs at a right angle or perpendicular to the normal left to right. Like the words highlighted in yellow in this ...
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interface suggestions

I have a simple site I'm creating that basically just allows you to set your status as away or available. Super easy and very simple. However, I'm definitely not a UX person and I really struggle at ...
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What's a safe serif font for an eBook read on iPad?

I'm currently working on a document which I expect to be read as a PDF eBook on iPad. The primary font family is Times New Roman which is just fine until it's presented in either italics or bold at ...
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Why is 13px Arial font the web standard?

If you use any of Google's applications, from search to Gmail you will find the base font used for most things is 13px Arial. font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ...