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Q. Are there any rules for setting register and trademark symbols? What sizes, positions, and fonts are best?
A. These symbols, while annoying to the designer, are legal designations that are required to appear in certain places. While there are no hard and fast rules to how to use them, there are guidelines to using them tastefully (if that is possible!).
The size and design of register and trademark symbols vary widely from font to font. For this reason, you’re not married to those in the font in use and are free to adjust the typeface as well as the size and position. (Unless it conflicts with your client’s guidelines, of course.)
Register and trademark symbols can take many shapes and sizes. I set the examples below in Abadi Condensed, ITC Abaton, Antenna, Variex, Adobe Caslon Pro, Enclave, Gill Sans Pro, Myriad Pro, ITC Redonda, and ITC True Grit.
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