I’m designing a book (cover and inside) for a friend. It is WW2 shipwreck story, and the author really wants to emphasise authenticity. I thought using a font that was usual for newspapers in that era (at least for the cover, but maybe through the book as well) could be a way to convey this authenticity.
I have some scans of newspapers clippings which I put through WhatTheFont. (I’m a novice graphic designer, so my type history probably isn’t as good as it should be!). I don’t know how accurate WhatTheFont is, and maybe they don’t even exist in digital versions. Also, communication is the main goal here, so if I can find a good font that is close enough for the target audience to recognise it I would be happy with that as well.
Here are the fonts that WhatTheFont suggested:
- Madame SH-Medium Con
- Moderno FB Cond Bold
- Century No1 SB-Bold
- Century 725 Bold Condensed
- Century Condensed Bold
Looking at it, it to me seems a bit like a modern serif like Didot, but much more sturdier and less delicate. I was thinking of going with some variant of Century. If that is indeed a good idea, which is the best cut to go by (for headlines), and are there fonts that work well with this that I can use to set the body text? I see Adobe has 2 version of Century (Old Style and Expanded) which are described as good text-fonts.
These are probably all stupid questions, but I would appreciate any help!
I’m sorry if this one belongs more in design that Type ID. Wasn’t sure where to put it.