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InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2 by Nigel French

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Chapter 8. Aligning Your Type

CRITIQUING MY DESIGN FOR A PRODUCT CATALOG, my client referred to the justified type as “very masculine.” I wasn’t sure how to take it and I wasn’t confident enough or quick-thinking enough to ask for clarification. Masculine type? Was that good or bad? Or was it just a neutral observation?

I’m not sure that I buy into the notion that text alignments can be assigned a gender, but the alignment of your text definitely gives your work a certain vibe and should serve the message of your type.

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