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What is OpenType?

Five ways to improve your typography now

August 17, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Sure there are lots of things you can do to improve yourself as a typographer, like reading books and becoming a generally more observant person. And there’s no getting around that. You’ll eventually have to do it and it’ll take time. “But what can I learn right now?,” you ask.

What is OpenType?

July 18, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

OpenType fonts have some big advantages to older TrueType fonts, or legacy PostScript Type 1 fonts. That’s because OpenType is an updated version of the TrueType font format spec, with improvements you notice, like OpenType features, and those you likely don’t, like the type designer’s ability to use PostScript outlines instead of TrueType outlines in the fonts.

Curly Quotes

June 28, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

The standard QWERTY keyboard, like its predecessor the typewriter, has a single key for opening and closing both single and double quotes (and for the apostrophe which is the same as a closed single quotation mark). From this we get ‘straight quotes,’ or ‘dumb quotes’ which at arm’s length and squinting, might pass for proper apostrophes and typographic quotation marks, or as I call them here, curly quotes.

Adventures in Space: Spaces

June 14, 2016 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

To conclude my Adventures in Space series, I would like to take a look at the different kinds of spaces. While Spacing, Kerning, and Tracking focused on the space between characters, this last episode examines the spaces outside the words. There is quite a bit more than just the word space – if you select the Insert White Space fly-out from the Type menu in Adobe® InDesign® for example, you discover a dozen different space characters. And when you are designing for the web, Unicode provides several different space entities for online use. Using the right kind of space can make your life easier, and it will definitely help you improve your typesetting.

Designing a wedding invitation

June 09, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Like weddings themselves, wedding invitation design is an exercise in cultural tradition. This brief designers’ guide will cover American norms, applicable also to much of the English-speaking world.