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Is Helvetica considered a "web safe" font?

Not only is Helvetica not safe, but it is also a copyrighted font, so you need a license to use it if you load it as webfont. As a matter of fact, there are no 100% safe web fonts, since it will ...
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Why commonly or frequently used fonts sizes are even numbers like 10px, 12px, 16px, 24px, or 32px?

The point is a measurement system inherited from traditional print typography. It has had various definitions, much like the inch and foot. With the introduction of PostScript, it has been defined to ...
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Using two different fonts on a mobile application

Having two fonts, one for headers and one for body text, is generally accepted. Do not use more than two fonts. Three's a crowd. What's important for you is to create visual hierarchy. You can do ...
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Why rounding odd font sizes to even?

I think your fellow developer is somehow correct. To be honest, as far as I know there's no "set in stone" rule for this, so nobody is right or wrong as an absolute. However, depending on ...
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Why rounding odd font sizes to even?

Sans fonts, which are commonly used on screens, are mostly designed to have the same thickness of stems and bars. When the font size is quite small and is odd, like 17px, the font renders in a way ...
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Why do big businesses still use Arial for their fonts?

To add to the answer above, Amazon UX studies have led them to understand that with every 100ms delay to their website load time, they lose 1% in sales. For example, in their case, if theres a ...
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Using two different fonts on a mobile application

You should avoid using two different fonts for the following reasons: You create unnecessary contrast, which creates clutter. The visual hierarchy is already established by the difference in font ...
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Why do big businesses still use Arial for their fonts?

Because Arial is the most common sans-serif font, so chances are users will have it already installed since it comes bundled with Windows, Mac and Linux (using http://corefonts.sourceforge.net/ or ...
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Is Helvetica considered a "web safe" font?

As mentioned there is no such thing as a safe web font. But there is a way to load in missing fonts from your server through the use of @font-face. @font-face was first introduced in CSS2, includes ...
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How to choose typeface (fonts) for a website in different locales?

I'd use a font family that has been designed to cover as many scripts as possible. That way there is a visual coherence between different language versions of the website (or app or any system). One ...
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Is Helvetica considered a "web safe" font?

be accessible on any device Really no such thing as 'available on any device'. If you're not using embedded fonts, then you need to use a font-stack, so you have some back up options in case the ...
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Is Helvetica considered a "web safe" font?

Helvetica is not part of any Windows default font-set, therefore Windows users are likely to see another secondary font. If that's not a concern for you, use Helvetica.
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Using two different fonts on a mobile application

It is definitely common with both designs using a combination of typefaces (typically 2; one for headers and one for body) , and sometimes only 1 typeface. I can't say I have found specific research ...
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Grey font on websites - some so pale they are difficult to read. What is today's design brief on font colour?

You should refer to the W3 on accessibility. For guidelines, refer to the w3 guidelines for Understanding SC 1.4.3 : Minimum Contrast They refer to section 1.4.3 People with low vision often have ...
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Grey font on websites - some so pale they are difficult to read. What is today's design brief on font colour?

Sufficient contrast is on of the 7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility. The standard for web accessibility is the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which has several ...
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Why rounding odd font sizes to even?

This is based more on a very psychological perspective (number psychology to be precise) than it has to do with designs or programming or any other thing. Even numbers sort of has the calmness and ...
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All Caps vs Bold

In depends on how you're using the text. You can increase and decrease visibility of text by applying different styles to your text. Let's focus on things you can do to increase visibility of text, ...
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default font in Balsamiq, how to change? [off-topic]

Please follow the steps as shown in below image. you can change the font and default font size.
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Does the use of monospaced fonts negatively affect legibility of article text?

Definitely monospaced font is not intented to be very readable. The explanation although cannot be scientific since this is exactly the case where a 'research' will not show the exact grade of ...
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Why rounding odd font sizes to even?

There is utterly no (general) reason why even-number sizes will look "better" than odd-number sizes. How these numbers correspond to the degree to which stroke widths and positions line up naturally ...
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Dealing with characters not supported by a font

1) You can simply use a different font, one that has all the characters. 2) You could include a fallback font that is somewhat similar to your main font, but includes more glyphs/characters. That way ...
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How do you choose a font for extremely limited space, i.e. will fit the most READABLE text in the smallest space?

Arial Narrow and Tahoma seems to be the best.
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Good fonts that read vertically

Very interesting question, and it touches some core "low-level" typography principles. So here is an informal insight from what I've learned from own experience. I would name two important factors ...
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What guidelines are there for deciding between using a system font or a custom font on the web?

Although I don't know of any guideline for deciding when to use which font, these are some thoughts about the possible reasons. I suspect an important reason to decide if using a custom font or not ...
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Using two different fonts on a mobile application

To me (not a designer by trade, but I've done some) MaaxRounded adds nothing when compared to the all-Roboto version (but the body looks very loose in MaaxRounded). With the contrast in size and ...
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Can we use Airbnb Cereal font within android app for free?

Airbnb Cereal is Airbnb's bespoke typeface (i.e. a typeface custom designed for the company to serve their needs) and can be used only by Airbnb and their partners in some way. So legally you are not ...
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Why monospaced fonts are not used as frequently as serif and sans-serif fonts, outside coding?

I think that the main reason is legibility. Monospace are designed to make characters easy to read and find in hundreds of lines of code. In the other hand, serifs and sans serifs fonts are ...
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What's the widest character ever?

I am not sure about the other language characters such as Chinese/Japanese but the widest character where the english alphabet is used must be upper case W. The widest number Is 8. Hope that helps!
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Does the ® Symbol need to be in a smaller font size than the actual text, similar to Name™?

No. The ® symbol doesn't need to be in a smaller font size than the actual text. In Name™ the trademark symbol ™ is not a smaller font size but a special character which has a shape that is smaller ...
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How to choose typeface (fonts) for a website in different locales?

Good font providers offer enough information to be able to choose the right font according to its use: platforms (web or desktop), formats and supported languages according its glyphs. Myfonts.com in ...
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