Condensed, serifed fonts, nicely readable at 9pt?

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Bart van der Griendt's picture
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Condensed, serifed fonts, nicely readable at 9pt?
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I need a font for a booklet in which space is a rare good. So I am looking for a font with the following attributes:

1) Well readable at 9pts
i.e. comfortable for long-distance reading

2) Condensed

3) Typographic workhorse
the whole nine yards: medieval, tabular, smallcaps, ligatures, weights, etc.)

4) Serif

I know this asks much, but the project is like that. I'd be very grateful for your suggestions.

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Sounds like a good idea.
I could start work on it early 2006.
I expect you want Greek and Cyrillic also, as well as medieval.
And why not go the whole hog with an Extended as well.
Should be ready in 4 or 5 years.
What's your budget?

Carl Crossgrove's picture
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Minion Pro Condensed Opticals might be suitable.

James Montalbano's picture
Joined: 18 Jun 2003 - 11:00am
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We have something like that coming out in January 2006. Condensed 8 weights with small caps roman, corresponding italics (no SC in the Italic) four figure styles, ligatures, ordinals. Good readability at nine point. Drop me a line and we can get you a sample pdf.

James

Daniel Weaver's picture
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Nick you got beat by James. I like your Avatar

Nick Shinn's picture
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>no SC in the Italic

Slacker :-)

Héctor Muñoz Huerta's picture
Joined: 21 Feb 2003 - 11:00am
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Enschede's Collis fits the description (if you have the money), altough it has no bold, but who needs bold? Neither Aldus or Bodoni did.

Héctor

Bart van der Griendt's picture
Joined: 14 Apr 2004 - 3:01am
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Thanks for your suggestions. I realise that it may be a bit too much to ask from a font, but then again - I wouldn't post here if there were easy answers. One should reach for the stars, shouldn't one? :-)

Collis is very elegant and very expensive. I have Minion Pro, which I will probably use, but still find a bit 'common'.

@nick: The project is non-commercial. It is part of a assignment for typography class at the art academy. So there is practically no budget at all.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Christian R. Szabo's picture
Joined: 14 Sep 2005 - 12:48am
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Yes, Collis is quite a gem.

If you can see yourself using it regularly, however, it might just be a good idea to shell out for it. If you can get it in OpenType, you'll basically have a font that will last for years. I know that Type 1 fonts, for example, have been in general use since what, the early '80s? And they'll still be useful for a few more years.

Bert Vanderveen's picture
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Ungers Gulliver comes to mind (and keeps it Dutch).