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

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How to optimize scientific reference styles for readers?

There is a plethora of styles for citations and bibliographies in scientific journals and books, even within a single field. They built upon traditions, which are usually not arbitrary but were once ...
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Would an item list be better than a wall of text in this error message?

Consider the error message: I am surprised that Google decided to have it this way because I assume that people wouldn't rather be eager to read nine lines of text with no typography (nothing ...
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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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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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The Ideal Typographic Measure

If you read a lot about typography, you probably have read that the ideal measure (also called line length) that is recommended is between 45-75 characters (somewhere around 2-3 alphabets) including ...
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Basic color scheme for great readability [closed]

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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All Caps in International Design [closed]

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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typography on Chrome + Firefox + Safari font rendering experiences [closed]

I have been working as an designer since an year and every time my client forwards me his/her feedback they say "The issue is with font". I use the same font styling but still browser compatibility ...
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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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Font 'Roboto' mandatory in Google's material design?

Is using the font 'Roboto' mandatory in Google's material design – or can I use different fonts in a material design based website?
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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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Should colons be styled in the same way as the preceding label is?

Is it common for designers to style a colon in the same way as the preceding label, even though the following text does not follow this style? For instance, I have the habit of making the colon bold ...
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Why are computer keyboard keys printed in Uppercase? [duplicate]

Although many users mostly type lowercase letters, why are all keyboards printed with uppercase letters?
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How easy to read are small caps vs lower case?

I'm well aware that text in ALL CAPITALS is harder to read than text in lower case or mixed case, for whatever reason. But what about Sᴍᴀʟʟ Cᴀᴘs? With a bit of Googling I can't find any references ...
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Why are calculator screen digits right-aligned?

Is there any logical reason behind digit alignment on a calculator? If yes, can we apply this for visual interfaces of numbers on the web?
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What is the appropriate line length of bullet points?

We can have information either in multiple paragraphs or a bullet point list. Visually, a bullet point is a paragraph with a black dot on the left. We have two types of bullet point lists: Ordered ...
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Is it a good practise to put Ellipsis on H1

I'm designing this blog web site with big typography, and was wondering, since I could't find a thing on the web about that, if it's a good practise to shorten long titles with Ellipsis. It seems ...
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What is the name for the documents that are like “Style Tiles” but more to do with larger objects/elements like contact forms etc

I did a study on design in the browser about a year ago and I remember learning about another tool which designers can use to compliment style tiles. I seem to remember it being called an "object ...
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Roboto and others sans serif typefaces

Google is pushing Roboto as the default fonts for Google properties (i.e. arial/helvetica replacement). There are also sans serif typefaces which is also popular such as Open Sans & Lato, and ...
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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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Why no typographic apostrophe in auto-correct?

Probably the first kind of automatic alteration or correction of characters entered by the user by means of a keyboard, were “smart quotes”, i.e. the replacement of ' and " by proper typographic, ...
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Should angle quotation marks be used as arrows?

Angle quotes (a.k.a. guillemets) are often used as arrows in pagination and such. For example, this image is from a pagination example on Bootstrap's site: As a native U.S. English speaker, these ...
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Typography in landing page [closed]

I'm working on a landing page . The first view shows a major title with a great source ( Roboto : 190px ) and a diagonal line . Is it a good practice to use a large font for a good experience with ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...