Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hanging indentations and hanging punctuation

Country crooner Roger Miller sang, "Dang me, dang me, they oughta take a rope and hang me."

I don't think Roger should be hanged. Sadly, he died of lung and throat cancer in 1992 at the age of 56.

In addition to people, pictures and wallpaper, type can also be hanged, or hung.

(above) Hanging indentation is a typographic style in which the first line of a paragraph is flush-left and the following lines are indented. This style is frequently used in lists.

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(above) Hanging punctuation is a typographic style where punctuation on the far-right of full-justified lines of text is allowed to extend beyond the right margin. This is a subtle design tweak that adds beauty, takes a lot of work, and may be noticed and appreciated by very few people. I was taught about this by Eddie, an art director I worked with when I was an advertising copywriter in the 1970s. Eddie taught me a lot, but I don't remember his last name. Thanks, Eddie.

The sample text I used above is known as Greeking

This blog post is based on material in my upcoming Typography for Independent Publishers.

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