Looking for alternatives to Optima.
Particularly interested in new/recent releases.
thanks, but I am trying to find something that feels a little bit more contemporary.
Not quite contemporary with Optima, a bit earlier, actually, but with a similar mid-century vibe:http://www.identifont.com/show?8HAhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydian_(typeface)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertus_(typeface)
I would suggest you look at Hypatia Sans Pro from Adobe, designed in the last few years by Thomas Phinney and issued in 2007.
Optima's far more interesting sister:http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/neufville/pascal-nd/
Candara is about the same vintage as Beorcana. It's a Microsoft house-brand font, but I find myself using it in places where in the past I used Optima.
How about Ocean Sans?http://www.identifont.com/similar?3Q7
Or edgier: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/fontbureau/amira/
Or perhaps Proza: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/bureau-roffa/proza/
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Magma is perhaps not that recent, but to paraphrase Tina Turner, "What's recent got to do with it?"
I think a lot of the above don’t fit the brief of “feeling contemporary.”
Here are a couple of less “old style” feeling fonts, that still have the flares of Optima:
FF Legato http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/fontfont/ff-legato/
I would suggest Brown, but it is more grotesque than humanist. http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/shinn/brown/
...and I will concur that my own Hypatia Sans would be a reasonable choice here:http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/hypatia-sans-pro/
That's a nice and underrated option.
Which naturally leads to suggesting:http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/ef/today-sans/
I think you are straying into alternatives to Gill rather than Optima territory with Today Sans Hrant.
It's really attractive thinks.
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Thanks for all your replies.
A nice, more calligraphic alternative to Optima is Publica by Karl-Heinz Lange, revived as PTL Publicala:http://primetype.com/faces_info.php?fid=45