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5 Basic Rules on Typography
by Granny's Mettle

Whenever you get projects for designing graphics for different media materials, there are certain rules you need to know before venturing to the complexities and elaborate world of graphic design. One of the elements considered in graphic design is typography. This is how you utilize and create your text to come out with a result that complements your images and design of the whole media material, whether it's for print or web.

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How to Make Your Own Font
by Maui Reyes

If you’ve always thought your handwriting is so much better than the many fonts out there, then maybe it’s time you made your mark: literally. Creating your own font isn’t as hard as it seems—all you need is a pen, a paper, a little program-know-how, and a comprehensible penmanship.

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Microsoft's fonts for the Web:
  • Andale Mono (formerly
  • Arial
  • Arial Black
  • Comic Sans MS
  • Courier New
  • Georgia
  • Impact
  • Times New Roman
  • Trebuchet MS
  • Verdana
  • Webdings
  • Adobe Minion Web
Andale Mono (formerly
Andale Mono is a highly legible monospaced font. This font was originally distributed as part of the Internet Explorer 4.0 add-ons page as

With its contemporary sans serif design, Arial is a very versatile family of typefaces which is popularly used and preferred for text setting in reports, presentations, letters, magazines, ads, newspapers, promotions, etc.

Arial Black
Sharing the same features with Arial and belonging to the same typeface family, Arial Black has a much heavier set.

Comic Sans MS
First introduced with the Windows 95 Plus! pack, this typeface font is extremely readable on-screen at small sizes, making it a useful text face.

Courier New
Courier is used to mimick typewriter output for reports and documentation. Designed as a typewriter face for IBM, Courier was re drawn by Adrian Frutiger for IBM Selectric series.

Designed by Matthew Carter, the Georgia typeface family exudes high legibility with character and charm even at small sizes.

Designed by Geoffrey Lee, this face was first issued in 1965 by the famous Sheffield foundry, Stephenson Blake. The sans serif display typeface is very heavy and condensed in the grotesque style, similar to Helvetica Inserat. Use Impact font in display situations requiring a strong statement.

Times New Roman
This widely popular typeface first appeared in 1932 in The Times of London newspaper, for which it was designed. It has subsequently become one of the worlds most successful type creations. Even though it originally was created for the printing of newspapers with stereotype-plates, it became also very fast the leading type for books on Monotype-, Linotype and Intertype-setting-machines after its release in 1932.

Trebuchet MS
Trebuchet is a Microsoft font family with 4 styles and was designed by Vincent Connare in 1996, is a humanist sans serif designed for easy screen readability. Trebuchet takes its inspiration from the sans serifs of the 1930s which had large x heights and round features intended to promote readability on signs.

Verdana is a Microsoft font family with 4 styles. Designed by world renowned type designer Matthew Carter, and hand-hinted by leading hinting expert, Agfa Monotype’s Tom Rickner, these sans serif fonts are unique examples of type design for the computer screen.

Webdings is Microsoft's new TrueType symbol font for the Web. It was designed in 1997 as a response to the need of Web designers for a fast and easy method of incorporating graphics in their pages.

Adobe Minion Web
Minion Web is an Adobe font family designed by Robert Slimbach. Minion is inspired by classical, old style typefaces of the late Renaissance, a period of elegant, beautiful, and highly readable type designs. Minion Web has been optimized for onscreen use.