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DESKTOP PUBLISHING January in Review
Best Fonts, Graphics & Type Terms

By January 31, 2013

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We're one month into 2013. Read any good fonts this month? Often the best fonts for books and resumes are the least obtrusive fonts -- ones that blend into the background a bit and let the writing, the message take center stage. With wedding invitations, the message is obviously important but when used properly you can get a little more creative with the fonts. This month's font lessons were:

While fonts were the main focus this month, the glossary also got some new entries. Dig into gestalt, character spacing, value, and the number sign.

Illustration of gestalt Applicable to more than just graphic design and desktop publishing, in the design field gestalt refers to the entire piece (brochure, Web page, business card, etc.) as a whole that is greater than its individual parts. Learn more about gestalt


Character spacing or trackingUnlike kerning which adjusts the space between specific pairs of letters, character spacing adjusts the spacing between all characters in a selection. Learn more about character spacing


Example of valueThe lightness or darkness of an object or portion of a design, regardless of color, is its value. Sometimes grouped with color, value is a color-related element of design. Learn more about value


Number SignsAlso called the pound sign in American English, the # symbol is typically used in front of a number to stand for the word number as in #1 for number 1. Learn more about the number sign

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