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Zachary Hayden's picture
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I have found an interesting (in my unprofessional opinion) font by Storm Type Foundries. It is the only free font by the company (it is free because the original customer rejected it last minute). It is called Lido STF, and is designed as a replacement for Times.

http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/storm/lido-stf/

I have found that on-screen it looks a bit quirky but prints incredibly well. It takes up about as much space as Times New Roman horizontally, but is vertically taller, so works well at small sizes.

What is your opinion of this font?

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Even a great typeface is typically great for some things and not as much for others. In this case, I think Storm did an outstanding job of achieving what he set out to achieve. What are you thinking of using the typeface for, exactly?

Cheers,

T

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I am thinking of possibly using this for the text of a Latin-language Bible (the condensed version, I think, makes a good title font as it is taller). It is simple enough not to be distracting from the text itself and legible enough to be used at a small size to decrease material cost. It is not, however, so simple as to be boring. I stumbled upon this font almost on accident, to be honest.

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As long as you will not need an italic for the condensed, I think it could be a good choice.

James Montalbano's picture
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Don't you think it looks like Times Roman after eating too much BBQ?

Just a thought.

Zachary Hayden's picture
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No, I will not need an italic for the condensed.

jmontalbano - your comment I find hilarious!

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How small are you thinking of setting it, and how will it be printed, on what kind of paper?

Cheers,

T

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Thomas Phinney - I plan on using the font at around 8 or 8.5. I have not yet decided on the paper.

Conversely, I have found a different font which I have fallen in love with (it's a Caslon remake), but am unable to afford at this point.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Lido will not work well that small.

hhp

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hrant - what would you suggest would be better then?

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Free?

hhp

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hrant - for now, yes. If I am going to buy a font, I'd like to purchase the Caslon remake (I believe it is called Williams Caslon) I mentioned above (being at college, money is rather tight).

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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I'm not very familiar with the free font scene, but if you do some searches I know you'll find a lot on Typophile. Look for a serif font with wide forms, loose spacing and a very large x-height.

hhp