Rivers of white and run arounds
Continuing yesterday’s theme of typography, here are a few more interesting typographic terms I came across today:
River of white
- a column of white space that occurs when word space in quite a few successive lines of type happen to end up below each other, as mentioned by P Terry Hunt in the comments on yesterday’s post.
- this when you fit the text around a picture or other design element.
- this means either arranging the type and other elements so that they will be output in page format, or numbering the pages.
This is a term I heard frequently when I worked in the design department as a lone web developer surrounded by graphic designers. Since then the internet side of the company has expanded considerably.
- the white space between columns on a page.
- either a single short line at the top of the page or column which is the end of a sentence or a paragraph, or a single word or syllable standing as the last line of a paragraph.