James Felici has worked in the publishing industry—in both editorial and production—for more than 30 years. A veteran journalist and former managing editor of Publish magazine, he has set type by hand as well as on systems from IBM, Linotype, Compugraphic, CCI, and Magna. His books include The Complete Manual of Typography (Peachpit Press), The Desktop Style Guide (Bantam/ITC), How to Get Great Type Out of Your Computer (North Light), and contributions to The Macintosh Bible (Peachpit Press). He has written for numerous publications, including PC World, Macworld, and The Seybold Report, and has been a featured speaker at Seybold Seminars, Macworld Expo, and other events worldwide.
- Features: Written by James Felici on May 2, 2012The principal goal of typography is to create text that’s easy and pleasant to read. That sounds simple, but it’s a tall order; reading is complex task, and stumbling blocks to concentration and comprehension abound. This column looks at one of what could be characterized as distractions: eye-catching typographic events that momentarily draw the reader’s attention away from the text and toward the form of the text itself.
- Features: Written by James Felici on April 4, 2012If you look at the size of the type most people choose for their Kindle, iPad, or any other device used for reading e-books, you’ll see that it tends to resemble that in books for people with vision problems. Logical enough, because when you’re reading an e-book — especially on a computer monitor — you do indeed have vision problems, compounded by poorly set type.
- Features: Written by James Felici on February 27, 2012It’s not unusual for a layout to specify that all pages should start and end on common baselines. It’s standard practice in books and most magazines. InDesign’s not perfect at it, but using the following techniques you can do a pretty good job of it.