Sans + Serif pair with identical metrics?

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Nathan Adams's picture
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Sans + Serif pair with identical metrics?
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a pair of a sans-serif and a serif typefaces which have identical metrics to each other. The only genuine one I can find even mentioned is McClatchy super-family, but that's a custom commission. Luzi Type's Messina almost hits the mark (and both the sans and serif are perfect style-wise), but they differ just a bit.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Linotype Compatil would seem to be what you are asking for. The name is even a clue about its metrics-identical construction.
https://www.linotype.com/2603/compatil.html

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Thanks Thomas, I'll give it a shot!

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Compatil … take a closer look at spacing and proportions! I do not think that typefaces of fundamentally different kinds of stroke contrast like Compatil Exquisit (formerly Guardi, an OldStyle/Garalde) and Compatil Text (formerly Centennial, a Modern/Didone) should be made fit to the same widths. Apparently that was not enough, they also stuck with the practice of the Lino-typical duplex matrices for which italic were made fit to the widths of the roman. Look at the o in all italics. Instead of being too wide like in Linotype Sabon, the spacing is too wide. Designing letterforms and playing the accordeon is not really the same thing …

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Linotype duplex matrices and what they meant to typeface design:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/albert-jan_pool/galleries/72157682983280623/