(x) Print Magazine body and display, driving me nuts: Not Lexicon ... - Leitura {Florian}

Maurice Meilleur's picture

Okay, apologies in advance if I missed an earlier thread in my searches, but this has been driving me crazy and I need to move on with my life:

In 2005/2006 Print redesigned to start using a cut of what is now called Gotham Rounded for the masthead, and Lexicon for the body text. But it looks to me now that Lexicon only appears in Print as an occasional display face--in fact, maybe it's not even Lexicon any longer?

No love from Identifont, after numerous attempts using different character sets and approaches, so here we are: Can anyone ID from these samples the body text face, the display text faces ('Vol. 27, No. 4', 'BACK ISSUE'), and tell me if the text 'Editor emeritus Martin Fox ...' is actually set in Lexicon, as it appears to be?

Florian Hardwig's picture

Hi Maurice,

the text face is Leitura News, ‘Vol. 27’ is Leitura Display.

Maurice Meilleur's picture

Florian, I believe that is twice running that you've solved my ID problem! Thank you. --MM.

Jan's picture

Damn. I did check DSType, but overlooked Leitura News.

Florian Hardwig's picture

You’re welcome.

R.'s picture

And you shall know it henceforth, Jan, by its rather weird ‘fi’ ligature, which is the reason why I would never use this face.

Florian Hardwig's picture

I agree that this ligature looks unfortunate, but instead of avoiding this typeface altogether, you could always switch off the fi ligature, no?

all about seb's picture

Florian I got to disagree - I've been using both Leitura Sans & News extensively (as part of a music festival identity) over the last 2 years and I've always found the fi ligatures pleasantly quirky. But each to their own taste, right?

Florian Hardwig's picture

So it is!

R.'s picture

You could, Florian, but you would lose that rather nice ‘fl’ ligature at the same time — or could you keep one and switch off the other? Sometimes you have to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea, I guess.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Yes. you would lose the ‘fl’ ligature if you generally switch off ligatures. But since CS4, InDesign lets you define GREP styles. Create such a style with ‘fi’ as a search pattern, and ‘ligatures off’ as style attribute. Hope this helps. More about the power of GREP styles over at indesignsecrets.com.

all about seb's picture

Thanks for the link Florian, interesting read.

R.'s picture

That’s interesting, Florian. Thanks!

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