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InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign, Third Edition by Nigel French

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Foreword

Want to drive a designer crazy? Show them some poorly typeset text with too-tight spacing between words and uneven spacing between letters. They cringe because they literally feel it’s wrong—it’s a sensitivity much like slipping into a bubble bath only to find that someone has left behind a thin layer of sand. Designers want to go one step further: They want to fix it, make it right, resolve the dissonant chord, clean up the mess.

Design—and especially the design of text, called typography—is something that anyone can learn. It involves two steps: developing the feeling, and learning how to make type better. Having “the eye” (the feeling for type) leads to misery if you don’t know how to handle the tools to change it. And understanding ...

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