IN SOME NEWSPAPERS, the space between lines of headlines is too tight. In others, that space is too loose. In still others, the spacing is inconsistent. Often, the reason is that editors and designers can’t agree on the proper headline spacing. Should it be four points more than the headline size? Six points? Eight? And what if the headline is more than 60 points: Should the spacing then be at least 10 points more?
I used to struggle with those questions.
Now, my default headline spacing is a percentage: 110% of Auto Leading, to be precise. I set that as my default measure in InDesign (shortcut: Shift+Option+Command+J) and I find it works well overall for most page designs. Once I set that up, I use it in all headline style sheets. If a headline’s spacing is a bit off, for example, because a line lacks descenders, then you can always adjust with some baseline shifting.
Give it a shot. The 110% solution may just do the trick for you, too!