Typography in InDesign | Important rules every Graphic Designer should know!
The most important Typography Rules explained in InDesign CC 2019. If you want to become a excellent “Graphic Designer” you need to improve your Typography skills. This tutorials focus on the most important “Typography Rules or Conventions” in Adobe InDesign. InDesign has a lot of helpful Typography features like: Hyphenation and Justification settings, Hanging Punctuation – and easy access to a lot of OpenType features. In this movie I show you how to fix “bad typography” – and I’ll get you on your way to become a good Typographer.
I will teach you not to make the common mistakes like: using the wrong apostrophe, using the wrong quote signs, using the wrong dashes, making interpunction errors, etc. I’ll also focus on the most important “Typographic Conventions” to improve readability.
Furthermore. I give away a great Typeface (Font) tip. After this tutorial you’ll end up with a superb FREE quality Open Type font in your personal Font Library.
Are you ready for the most important Typographic Rules every designer should now? It only takes 15 minutes of your time! FYI: although I show the rules in the best layout application of the world: “InDesign”, these Typographic Rules also apply to webdesigners and everyone who works with text (in other application).
C O N T E N T
An example of Bad Typography (0:08)
Good typography starts with picking the right typeface (0:35 and 0:58). Example. Exchange the default typeface “Times” for “Vollkorn*”. TrueType fonts lack Typographic features (avoid them!). Choose OpenType fonts or quality Typekit Fonts instead.
* Download the FREE OpenType font “Vollkorn” (Created by the German designer Friedrich Althausen) at: www.www.vollkorn-typeface.com (1:20)
// OLD STYLE NUMERALS
Picking the right typeface solves a lot of problems (1:25).
“Ordinary numerals” become “Old Style Numerals” (also called mediaeval numerals) (1:28).
Old style numerals have ascenders and descenders like lowercase characters. They blend in nicely with body text (1:45). For example. The typeface “Times” – like other non-quality typefaces – lacks the old style numeral feature.
// WHERE TO CHECK IF A TYPEFACE HAS OPEN TYPE FEATURES?
The first thing to do when picking a typeface.
Check if the feature Proportional Oldstyle is available.
In InDesign go the the Control panel’s flyout menu and choose: OpenType (2:10).
The (OpenType) features between “brackets” mean “NOT AVAILABLE”.
Vollkorn for example has a lot of Typeface features (2:50).
// ALWAYS CHECK YOUR DICTIONARY (3:03)
Use the right dictionary for each language.
Picking the wrong dictionary can lead to bad hyphenated text (3:25).
// ADOBE PARAGRAPH COMPOSER
Always use the Adobe Paragraph Composer (default) for body text (3:30).
Always use Ligatures for “SERIF TYPEFACES” in body text (3:42).
Ligatures are an united glyph (4:09).
// HOW TO JUSTIFY TEXT AS A PRO (4:33)?
How to come up with “Perfect Justification”?
Justifying text the right way is more difficult than you think!
– First of all, hyphenation must be on (4:43)!
– InDesign helps the untrained eye to spot ugly gaps in Justified text (5:08).
– The best Tip in you entire Typographic career (6:06).
– The correct Hyphenation Settings (6:20).
– The correct Justification Settings (6:50).
// HANGING PUNCTUATION
Indesign’s solution for Hanging Punctuation (8:13).
// TYPOGRAPHIC CONVENTIONS
++ CAPS ++ (9:25)
++ EN DASH ++ (11:00)
++ THE WRONG APOSTROF ++ (11:45)
++ THE WRONG QUOTE SIGNS ++ (12:45)
// SOME TIPS (13:10)
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