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Jean-Pascal Beaudoin's picture
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Hello, I'm looking for suggestions on a font to go with this geometric pattern drawing. (See attachment)

Do you think a font with similar "circles composed of straight segments" design would be interesting?

So far I found Font Bureau's Armada (Light Condensed) but I'm not satisfied.

Your suggestions are highly appreciated!

P.S. Please pardon my poor english, I'm a french-speaking Typophile.

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Could you show us how you imagine it to be used? Placement? Color? Scale?

Jean-Pascal Beaudoin's picture
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Miss Tiffany, this will be used as artwork for a CD package front sleeve. It's a limited pressing sold only at shows so product placement in the store is not an issue. Font will used for artist name and all credits so readability is important.

Thanks!

Patricia Fabricant's picture
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WOW that does some funny things to my eyes!

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You might look at the House Industries Chalet collection.

http://www.houseind.com/index.php?page=showfont&id=4&subpage=viewfonts

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Thanks pattyfab! I know and this font collection (quite nice!) but to be honest I don't see the connection between the geometric drawing and any of the Chalet fonts. Can you tell me wich particular font you had in mind?

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I think Patty was going for something geometric, as in a perfectly round 'o' and so on. Can you tell us more about what specific aspects you'd like the typeface to have?

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Yes, Stephen is right. I was looking at the roundness, as well as readability at small sizes.

Maybe I'm not clear on what you're looking for exactly.

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"O"h ;) I see what you guys mean! I'll play with Chalet and see what comes up.

What I was trying to express in my original post was a font that would recall the drawing's circles that are actually made of straight lines. I'm sorry if I'm not being clear. It's a little frustrating not being so fluent in English!

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Something semi-geometric, like Galaxie Polaris, might be a nice foil for the completely geometric pattern.

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From seeing the rather circular, modern artwork, I would try one of Emigre's quirky face. Take Base 9, Base12 or Mr. Keedy's Sans for example. And whatever you'd do, pick a bold face :)

Jean-Pascal Beaudoin's picture
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brampitoyo, this is actually an old Arabian geometric pattern!

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I get you now. Perhaps Font Bureau's other roundstraight Clicker will hit the spot.

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'Roundstraight', now that's a new word!

Jean-Pascal Beaudoin's picture
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Thank you for your suggestions. Keep 'em comin'!

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This is a very different direction but what about Elsner+Flake's Type : Petras Script. It has an arabic like flow to it. Especially in the lower case.

http://www.veer.com/products/typedetail.aspx?image=EFT0000325

You would probably have to make the pattern lower contrast to get them to work nicely though.

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Forgive my ignorance then. The reason for my choosing an Emigre face was because the pattern did look unconventional (read: non-classical.)

Have you considered using a titling calligraphic serif face? I'll give you an example later. It's 105 degree outside and I nearly passed out from dehydration :)

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display setting;
There is "only one step" from the black compressed weight of Armada to Kaas, an interpretation of a neo-grotesk blackletter typeface. Probably this gives you an inspiration...

Regards Thomas

Jean-Pascal Beaudoin's picture
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Big thanks to all of you who replied. What a great community! :)

I'll have a try with all fonts suggested.

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Darn,

I was going to recommend Kris Sowersby's Karv, but it's not out of the drawing board yet.

This article might help you, though:
http://www.sakkal.com/Islamic_Image1.html

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Actually I'm not looking for a font that brings out the fact that it's an arabic pattern! I just thought I'd mention its origin because it does look very modern.

Thank you

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Nice pattern!

Have a try at my own foundry and see if you find anything tasty?

http://www.macrhino.com

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I see,

And from Mr. Hattenbach's own cellar, I would recommend Oxtail Black Italic, which is what I see as a post-modern Egyptian (see the connection?) I personally like it because the outline has managed to stay neat and precise without sacrificing its handwritten and quirky qualities. It is, in my opinion, a great contrast to your pattern, both visually and conceptually.

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Maybe FF Alega Light SC could be worth trying?

http://www.philsfonts.com/detail.html?sku=FF01131002P2

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Nice suggestion, Bjørn! Test drive FF Alega from the original foundry.

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Jean-Pascal Beaudoin's picture
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Gratitude to all of those who contributed. Never would I have found all those inspiring fonts on my own. Thanks!

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You know what, I think I like Brian's and Stephen's idea! The faces' modular quality works with that circular pattern. It's Leonardo DaVinci meets 1985 Cyberpunk novel, baby.

Actually, I just can't resist seeing that "geometric companion to Gill Sans" being used. I mean, come on :)