Diotima and a good sans pairing?

sdaris's picture

I'm having a hard time finding a nice sans that goes with Diotima LT Std Roman. I need something that has a classical vibe (obviously) but that also has a subtle Art Nouveau and/or Arts & Crafts thing going on, too. Nothing too decorative –just open, humanist and especially compatible with Diotima's characters a, b, e, m, and p. Something slightly wide, like the 105-110% horizontal scale range. Thanks in advance.

J Weltin's picture

Maybe Palatino Sans would be a good match.

sdaris's picture

Great suggestion. Too bad it's so expensive. I'll see what Identifont comes up with for similar matches. Thanks, J Weltin.

J Weltin's picture

Well, then have a close look at PTL Publicala over at primetype.com, or you have to stick with Optima.

typophilus's picture

The thing with pairing a sans with a very trad serif like Diotima is that a sans needs to be based around the classical proportions, and not many are. An example of a classically-proportioned sans is of course Gill Sans.
However, perhaps you could look at Frantisek Storm's Sebastian. It comes in 6 weights, and is a beautiful design. Only downside is slightly petite Small Caps, but I recommend it.
If you're trying to match Diotima's full bowls and high x-height, try American Gothic OPTI. there's a sans and the 'tick' serif. It's at http://opti.netii.net/fonts-a/index.htm, a display face in three weights. (the sans is not here). Cheers.

sdaris's picture

Thanks - nice matches, all of them.

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