I've been thinking about buying a great sans-serif for use on all kinds of things for some time now, but I've only just gotten around to it. While I would be content with just about any well-designed sans, I've found while browsing that certain qualities stand out. Can anyone recommend sans-serifs that have a number of the following characteristics?
- Generally geometric design (but preferably not overly geometric, so Futura's out); possibly almost Art Deco in flavor
- Some sharp points (I especially love an N with pointy ends)
- An italic that uses italic letterforms, not just sloped romans
- A decent, preferably wide, range of weights and widths
In my searches, I've found a number that could serve me well. The front-runners are Font Bureau's Agenda and Relay, with Neutraface and Nobel close behind. I'm particularly enamored with Relay, as it has lots of weights, a real italic, and that smooth, Decoish character; it's taking some self-control not to just buy it now. I've also looked at Avenir Next, but it lacks a "true" italic, and Kabel, Erbar, and Metro, but all three are missing italics. One thing that would truly make my day would be to find a sans like the one I described, plus alternates for certain letters (which Neutraface and Anisette have). Thanks in advance for any help you can give.