Prejean Creative Tells You Why – Hanging Punctuation

Hanging Punctuation
No, it’s not a form of corporal punishment, but any designer worth their weight in umlauts should be punished if they don’t remember this basic rule of typography.

What does hanging punctuation accomplish? Quite simply, it creates the illusion of a uniform edge for a block of text. Hanging punctuation positions the marks outside of the margins; most notably outside the left or right alignment of the body of the text. The marks float or hang in the margin creating an optical and visually pleasing type alignment (see the example below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The end result? A subtle, but professionally executed appearance to your type treatment.

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About Gary LoBue Jr

Gary, a multi-disciplined creative, has nearly 35 years of brand management, strategic advertising, and conceptual design experience at his disposal. Managing international projects from Paris to Bali for clients like Disney, Lennox International, and Hyatt Hotels has allowed him to garner unique cultural and historical perspectives on his craft. We bet you didn't know that: Gary never met a cheeseburger he didn't like. Gary raced in the 125cc motocross class for years. He is a certified nurseryman. He worked as a fishing guide between his college semesters. He believes he was born at the perfect time in the perfect place. Gary believes those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Gary loves history.
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