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.


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