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TypeNotes issue no. three

Adventures in Space: Tracking

April 25, 2016 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

Two typographic terms that are frequently confused with each other are kerning and tracking. This is understandable – they both mean adding or subtracting space between characters. Yet there is a big difference. Kerning is adding or subtracting space between two individual characters, to correct the spacing in problematic character pairs, as seen in the previous episodes Adventures in Space: Spacing and Kerning. Tracking however is the name for altering the spacing in a sequence of characters.

Letternews: Featured Free Fonts

April 20, 2016 by
FontShop Team
FontShop Team

The good stuff will cost you. Though some of our foundries offer single weights of their best type­faces at no charge, transferring some of the designs’ potential future value to you, here in the present. All set?

My Type of Music – April 2016

April 14, 2016 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

Our irregularly published review of album sleeve design and typography looks at the artwork for recent releases by Boosie BadAzz, NZCA Lines, Rachel Platten, Villagers, Skunk Anansie, Anderson .Paak, The Anchoress, Lucinda Williams, Adrian Younge, and Alex Smoke.

Adventures in Space: Special Cases

April 06, 2016 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

After finishing Adventures in Space: Spacing and Kerning I realised I still had to address two special cases before I can move on to tracking in the next episode. The first one is when type is set on a curve, because the built-in spacing and kerning only works correctly in ‘normal’ setting, which is horizontal type on a straight baseline. The second one is that kerning doesn’t work between two letters of different fonts when combining two or more typefaces in a word.

How to Clear your Application Font Cache

March 24, 2016 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

Fonts generally work as designed, but occasionally you get really odd behavior out of them. Especially when that unusual behavior is present in one of your design apps but not the others, it’s evidence that there’s an application font cache problem. It happened to me, and here’s how I fixed it.