Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's all moved to The Skilled Workman

I thought I better note again that this blog has moved to The Skilled Workman. Writing in the Blogger interface has become so uncomfortable and limited that I needed to eliminate the aggravation.

Today I updated the Practical Font Design page there.

I have also been doing brief historical postings on font classifications there in the Font Design category.

All new postings will be posted on The Skilled Workman.

I also tweet on these postings and other things typographical @davidbergsland

I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but I found it necessary.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The small choices really matter: 1st line indents

My Wednesday typography posting on The Skilled Workman today is about one of your major choices in book typography. As you know the base upon which your pages are built is the normal body copy paragraph style.

Smooth type color here is imperative and all specialized paragraphs are seen relative to the basic body copy style. One of those areas often missed is what I call the second interior alignment—that vertical line within your type built off the first line indent.


As you can see above, this interior alignment is what makes your bullets pop off the page. It can also be a strong tool to help hold your pages together when you are designing a complex non-fiction book.

It's an important decision you need to make carefully. I cover the options thoroughly in the Skilled Workman posting this morning. Let me know what you think.

Monday, July 09, 2012

I'm writing elsewhere except for font design

I've mentioned this before, but I'll remind you. Writing in Blogger is more pain than I can tolerate at this point. I'm doing all my blog posting on my two WordPress blogs:

  • The Skilled Workman: This is my blog for the technical and production aspects of what I do: working in InDesign, Typography, training materials like "Writing In InDesign", designing ebooks, ePUBs, and Kindle books, and all of that. My Twitter handle in this area is @davidbergsland The facebook page is David Bergsland.
  • The Christian Authors at Radiqx Press: This is where I post my bible studies, social commentary, fiction, and so on—the creative, more personal side of things. It also includes postings about, from, and for the other authors of Radiqx Press. My Twitter handle here is @radiqxpress The FaceBook page is Radiqx Press.
Yes, I make many mistakes and post to the wrong address, but that's just the way I am.

But, this is why many of my postings lately on this blog have been short notes like this. This tendency will increase. There's a lot at the other two blogs which is never mentioned here. You should subscribe there to get it all.
If you are looking for type design notes, I will continue to post them here—but I have not been doing much font design recently.

Setting up your own business

This is something all creative people face. You need to cover this earlier rather than later. I posted a more complete analysis on The Skilled Workman this morning.
If you have not covered this issue for yourself—get to it!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Lists are a true reader service

One of the differences between book writing and blog posting is the use of lists. Blogs use them a lot more the normal books—even more than non-fiction. They are something a reader looks for when your content becomes overwhelming or boring.

Readers want a synopsis to see if it is worth their valuable time to read more of what you wrote. Lists provide this service to them. I posted a blog on lists on The Skilled Workman this morning.


Bulleted lists are highly attractive to readers

You should go and read it. Have a fun Fourth (if you're in the States)!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Careful of hyphens and eliminate widows and orphans

Hyphens are a real issue.

I posted on The Skilled Workman about this today.

A larger issue is dealing with widows and orphans.


People cannot even define them without arguing.  A widow is a short paragraph fragment, and they are major problems to the professionalism of your typography.

An orphan is a column fragment at either the top or bottom of a column. These can easily be controlled with InDesign's Keeps options found in the Options men of the Character panel or in your paragraph style definition dialog.

The article is at The Skilled Workman

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Professional letterspacing makes a big difference

This is one of the areas where word processors simply cannot cut it. It also separates the excellent designers from the merely fashionable. I wrote a post on The Skilled Workman this morning on the subject. It's worth a look.

Looking professional: letterspacing, kerning, and tracking