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Mr. Brown's picture
Joined: 12 Aug 2010 - 7:18am
Calibri alternative

Dear Typophiles,

Someone asked me to use the Calibri for a book that going to be pressed. I'm happy to advise him not to.

As an alternative to the Calibri, what would you advise.

Kind regards & and thanks.

Nick Shinn's picture
Joined: 8 Jul 2003 - 11:00am

Something else by Lucas de Groot, Calibri's designer.

Nina Stössinger's picture
Joined: 19 Jun 2006 - 3:01pm

Something that fits the book. :-)
So if you could tell us more that'd certainly be helpful.

Simon Daniels's picture
Joined: 11 Apr 2002 - 6:37pm

>I'm happy to advise him not to.

What is it about Calibri you don't like?


froo's picture
Joined: 2 Jun 2008 - 5:19am

Jost Hochuli presents a sample of Calibri in his "Detail in Typography" (at least in Polish edition) as a text typeface, among Chaparral, Charter, Gentium, Minion, Scala and Garamond.

In "Twelve Angry Men", you can see something very similar to Calibri, but warmer. I don't know if it exists as a font, and if so - can it be used in book setting. Just by the way.

Ben Mitchell's picture
Joined: 12 Aug 2007 - 4:05pm

Calibri for a book sounds weird. Are you looking for another condensed roundy humanist sans-serif or something more texty?

EmmyJackson's picture
Joined: 22 Sep 2011 - 5:30am

You Can use Georgia or Arial Black..

Theunis de Jong's picture
Joined: 22 Apr 2008 - 5:06pm

Just to wrap it up, I just had a private discussion with Mr. Brown.

>What is it about Calibri you don't like?

The problem with Calibri is that text looks "fat" in offset print, especially at typical text sizes (9–11 pt). There is nothing wrong with the design but it's just not designed for print. So this

>You Can use Georgia or Arial Black..

wouldn't work either.

Mr. Brown offered his client some samples in TheSans ("another condensed roundy humanist sans-serif"), Myriad Pro, and one other sans serif he couldn't recall.
The client went with Myriad, so my guess would be the other fonts just showed 'too much personality' :D