vertical type. do's and dont's?

isokon's picture

hey guys
i have always steered as far away from stacking type vertically, i have no memories of seeing it properly done. Now, at work, i have to do it for an interface, what rules should i observe?

twistedintellect's picture

Basically, never ever stack it. Most likely you won't be using a fixed-width typeface, so the letters won't align at all, and readability will go right down the tubes. Set the text just as you would, then rotate it 90°… Which direction you choose to rotate it is more up to you, but generally, it looks better if the baseline is facing the edge of your interface.

Nick Shinn's picture

Yes, a monospace face, capitals or unicase, such as Panoptica would cause the least problems.

JCSalomon's picture

There's a bakery in my neighborhood name of Schick's that has a sign set vertically:

Looks odd, but I guess someone had his heart set on that vertical sign.


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