Missed Opportunity for Ligatures

In 1916 Legros & Grant published their classic printers handbook Typographical Printing-Surfaces. In a small section in the middle of the book they advocate spelling reform for a different reason than most. There have been many calls for spelling reform for the English language. The problem is that there are roughly 45 sounds in the…


More on Linespacing

Typography Tip #3 recommends setting linespacing in Word to a multiple of 1.2. This has the effect of making each line of 10 point text 12 points tall. Is this a good recommendation? Yes. Miles Tinker ran a huge research program investigating typographic variables from the 1920s to the 1950s. Linespacing is one of many…


Word jumble hoax debunked

I’ve previously talked about the Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy hoax. The study described in that hoax has recently been carried out by a team at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Durham. The data conclusively demonstrates that the hoax is incorrect. The hoax claimed that transposing letters within a…


Typography Tip #3.

Changing the line spacing in your document can have a dramatic effect on the how your page will look, whether it’s a Microsoft Word document, a PowerPoint presentation or a Web page. The term ‘linespacing’ has now superseded what used to be known in typographic terms as leading. The visual results are the same regardless…


Introducing Ambiguity

Here is another idea for a sentence end punctuation. I call it the ambiguity mark. It is perhaps not as necessary as the irony mark; but unlike the irony mark, it has an elegant design. I found this symbol in G.G. Neill Wright’s 1952 book The Writing of Arabic Numerals. It was written by a…


Another must have!

and of course another favorite for all things typographic is The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst. (If you can get the Hardcover, it is worth it, red ribbon pagemarker included) I promise you will find this to be an invaluable reference for matters relating to type design and typographic layout. Mike


Recommended Books for Screen Typography #1

There are several books that we’ve found extremely valuable in this group that deal with topics related to type on screen. Some are technically oriented and others are typographically oriented. I’ll start off today with a technical book that is unfortunately out of print. Digital Typography: An Introduction to Type and Composition for Computer System Design…


Introducing the Irony Mark

Despite the less than positive comments for the Interrobang, I would like to advocate for more sentence-end punctuation options. I spend a lot of time communicating in writing with email and IM, and wish I had more options for expression. Take the following example: Friend: Britney is planning to have another baby to save her…