Type tips

What does it take to be a type designer? In an attempt to find out, we asked a selection of designers doing today's most compelling typography to offer their tips for getting the most out of type in your work. Our contributors include some of the best-known font houses and agencies, along with some exciting up-and-comers.

Their answers cover the two sides that constitute typography: design with type, or the choice and use of letterforms; and design of type - the nitty-gritty of how characters are formed, and the details that can transform their meaning and legibility. We hoped that some of our contributors would offer direct tips that you can integrate into your work straight away, and several obliged, with Mark Simonson showing you how to set up old-school type effects in Illustrator and David Luscombe offering his insights into using type as background textures. Nick Shinn, meanwhile, offers valuable advice on how to follow accessibility guidelines without compromising the overall reading experience.

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