Typography is the art, process, or style of setting type and creating glyphs.

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What is the readability rationale for unspaced em dashes in sentences

An "em-dash" is what the experts call hyphens separating words in a sentence... as distinct from a hyphenated-word. English grammar rules apparently promote having no space surrounding these em-dashes ...
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Best way to convince managers importance of typography

Most designers know that typography has a big influence on design and as well as the most important, readability (which is a big part of ux). But consumers don't know unless they have been told so or ...
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What is the best color combination for on screen reading?

I work at an airline as a pilot and I am involved in the "paperless" project which aims to have no more paper in the cockpit - all the data should be accessible from tablet devices. We have a lot to ...
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Do the concepts of typographic scale and vertical rhythm apply equally to print media and web apps?

I have been learning about these two fundamental concepts and I see how beneficial they are for print media (including 'digital print' like blogs and webzines.) do these concepts apply equally to ...
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All capital titles: good or bad?

What is the recommended use for all capitals titles? For example: THIS IS A TITLE. The website http://camvine.com/ has all capital titles, e.g. MARKET SECTORS. Good, bad?
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Is there a problem with using black text on white backgrounds?

Why do a lot of websites use a text color other than #000000 black when the background is white? For instance, this text will be displayed using a dark grey: .post-text { color: #333; } Have ...
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All Caps in International Design

I have my own opinions on this but need some arguments when talking with designers. What are the advantages/disadvantages of using caps for all words in mobile application design?
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Basic color scheme for great readability

Are there any good recommendations for web site color scheme that provide good readability e.g. body text color (body) main heading color (h1) sub heading color(h2, h3 etc) background color border ...
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Font size for e-commerce

Recently during a usability tests almost all of our customers complained about the small font size on our website. We use: 26px for headlines 13px, bold, for navigation, product names, etc. 11px ...
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Handling long text wrapping in multi-level navigation sidebars

This is something that's always bothered me, and short of 'make the text smaller' I've yet to find a real helpful solution to this anywhere. As an example I'm going to be using this admin theme I ...
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What is the ideal font size to be used in user interface that supports all foreign languages?

I read in a forum that 12px english/roman character will appear to be readable while a 12px japanese character would be very heard to read. This brings me to the question, "Is there an ideal font size ...
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Serif vs. Sans Serif

For text-heavy pages on the web, is there evidence to suggest that serif fonts are a better option? The studies I've found seem very murky in pointing one way or another indicating that yes, users ...
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What is the default typography for UINavigationBar in IOS 7? [closed]

I know the font is either HelveticaNeue-Light or HelveticaNeue-Medium, but which is it? What is also the font size?
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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; ...
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Why does the computer keyboard's key is printed in Uppercase? [duplicate]

Although mostly many users use to type lowercase letters, why does all keyboard is printed with uppercase letters.
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What is the ideal and maximum width for presenting large blocks of text? [duplicate]

When presenting blocks of text on a screen, what is the ideal width to apply to it for optimal readability? Also, is there a maximum width one should adhere to? I am laying out large blocks of text ...
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Using All Cap letters for web site Headings

I am working on a redesigning . I am looking to use capital letters for section headers. Do you think this will be a good approach from UX point of view ? Thanks
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Is it bad practice to use Guillemets (laquo and raquo) on links?

Is it bad practice to use the HTML entities of the guillemets « («) and » (») on links? Originally they're used in many languages like French and Spanish to indicate ...
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Responsive Webdesign: How to reduce headlines, labels etc on smaller devices

I had the special problem, that in a "desktop-first" responsive webdesign project (I know, bad idea.. ), there was a shopping cart-like element in a very narrow column (4 columns in a 12 column total ...
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Ideal column width for paragraphs online

There is nothing worse than coming across a website with paragraphs that span the width of your screen resolution. They are usually so hard to read, I don't even bother. A lot of web designers use ...
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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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Should headings always use the same font as the body?

I'm working on some of the layout for a User Handbook and right now my main concern is fonts. I'm trying to decide whether to use the same font for the body text and the headings. If I use different ...
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Using justified type on body copy [duplicate]

I feel like I know the answer to this, but how do you feel about justified type when it comes to common ux principles. My gut tells me not to use it, but I'd like a better reason than that. I'm ...
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Should a logo always be square? [closed]

I want to create a new logo for myself. Because I love typographic logos, I'll create such a logo. The most of the logos I see are square, but for a typographic logo it is sometimes hard to create a ...
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What's the deal with Windows 8 elements with ALL CAPS?

Here's how Microsoft new Windows Azure portal elements look like: and that seems to be "Windows 8 style". Visual Studio 2012 also has plenty of user elements in ALL CAPS. For dozens of years ALL ...
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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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Should text be bigger on mobile?

Should text be bigger on mobile despite the fact that we're dealing with smaller screen real-estate? Pros: Easier to read while in motion Easier to read under difficult lighting Cons: Requires ...
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Best approach for displaying content across a full screen UI design?

While I've become pretty accustomed to designing within responsive grids I wanted to take a stab at creating a full screen interface. One of the more challenging aspects in doing so is dealing with ...
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Should a UI say “My Stuff”, or “Your Stuff”? [duplicate]

I've been getting some different opinions on this question, and wondered if anyone has a well-motivated response. Basically, if I have a part of a website that's called "My something" or "Your ...
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When displaying statistics to a user, is it better to bold the data or the label?

The following picture shows some statistics. Here they bold the data, not the label. Which is better? Does it depend on the information being shown? What if you have a header on a report with some ...
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White text on black background

Are there any reasons to avoid using white text on a black background?
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Why not to use uppercase everywhere? [duplicate]

Is there a reason other then the possibly historical accidental convention that we use lower-case everywhere instead of the much better UPPERCASE which increases READABILITY and uses the same amount ...
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Why is it that all caps text looks like SHOUTING, but all caps handwriting is easier to read?

Specifically for UI -- handwritten mockups, comics, etc are always better all-caps, but the same is never true for printed text. Why is that? Visual Studio 2012's all-caps menus are generally ...
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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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Should i line wrap my emails?

When my coworkers send their emails, some would diligently line wrap the body text into lines that are at most, say 78 characters wide, others would use no line break in a paragraph, and the ...
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Ampersand on first or second line?

Should the ampersand be on the first or the second line of a title? Or does it depend on the length of each line?
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What Is Macrotypography?

So far I know only about typography. But now I see somewhere the "macrotypography" word . I don't know what is that how it affects design for web pages?
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of dynamic responsive typography?

By dynamic responsive typography, I mean a system where the type changes in real time based on an external attribute of the environment or the user, without the user explicitly setting it. Here is an ...
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Apply the legibility principles to screen reading

How to apply the legibility principles to screen reading? What is important point for it? What is the difference between the "legibility" and "readability"?
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Which fonts are designed for accessibility and good screen legibility?

Ideally I need something that has been specifically designed for easy reading on displays. Accessibility is key really. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good webfont that looks fairly similar to ...
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What is the optimal vertical margin between paragraphs?

Here on ux.StackExchange they have gaps that are a bit smaller than one line height (~88%), but I’ve read a few times that 100% of the line height provides best readability because it continues the ...
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Is highlighting important words a good idea?

Is it a good idea to highlight the important words in a text on a web page? What impact does it have on the reader? Does it help to understand the text or does it disturb?
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Labeling a multi-layered bar graph

Question I love Last.fm's bar graph. It allows me to quickly compare how someone plays one song over another. I'm trying to apply the same design to my app. It monitors the health of servers and ...
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Ascender- and x-height effects on readability

How do ascender-height and x-height affect readability? Does a high x-height in comparison to the ascender height lead to lower readability?
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Why does Apple use images of text for headers?

I have just noticed that Apple uses images for simple text headings. I guess its to enhance readability but still don't get on why images? Check this - http://www.apple.com/why-mac/ Heading - "Make ...
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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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What are some good books for learning about typography?

I really want to learn the basics of type. However, there are so many books on the subject that I get overwhelmed while searching.
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When can UX best practices be ignored?

I suppose you could rephrase this question as "When can design supersede User Experience?" I've just designed a Nav bar that goes against everything I stand for as a UX Professional, yet I feel I can ...
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What are some good font guidelines for headers, paragraphs, etc. that just look really nice?

One thing I find somewhat difficult is getting the various fonts and sizes and weights to look "just right". What are some good guidelines to follow for font sizes, weights and styles when making web ...