Sans-serif with small caps?

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Michael Lewis, CSC's picture
Joined: 1 Feb 2005 - 10:26am
Sans-serif with small caps?
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Ladies and gentlemen,

I’m working on a book project (with a layout more akin to a magazine) and am looking for a good sans-serif family that has a wide range of weights and also has small caps. I really like FF DIN and Griffith Gothic, but neither come with (as far as I can tell) small caps. Thesis, Myriad and Interstate are fine families, but have they become overused? Whitney has some potential…

I’ve come to appreciate your input and expertise on these boards and look forward to your feedback.

Dan Reynolds's picture
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Avenir Next?

Diverda Sans (http://www.linotype.com/93724/diverdasans-family.html)

Veronika (http://www.linotype.com/92385/veronika-family.html)

The above families have both lining and old style figures

paul d hunt's picture
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I particularly like Scala Sans Caps.
If you want a humanist sans, try Legacy Sans.

David Maloney's picture
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How about Parisine?

Armin Vit's picture
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Meta has lovely caps.

Avenir or Futura in small sizes and bold weights make for lovely “fake” small caps, but only if used all as “lowercase” caps.

Nick Shinn's picture
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I can recommend Scala Sans, if you get the full package it comes with differerent combinations of figures (lining or oldstyle) with both U&lc and SC fonts, which is great flexibility. The lining figures are full cap height.

Stephen Coles's picture
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Many more listed in this thread.

Michael Lewis, CSC's picture
Joined: 1 Feb 2005 - 10:26am
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Thanks everyone for your comments. You are most helpful. Any concern to my other question that Thesis, Myriad and Interstate are overused? I love them dearly and they’d all work perfectly, but they seem to be everywhere. Maybe it’s just me.

Stephen Coles's picture
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I agree. Go with something less ubiquitous and you’ll stand out.
Seria, Scala, Klavika, Legato are all good alternatives. My favorite
of the moment is Strada.

Thomas W Phinney's picture
Joined: 3 Sep 2002 - 11:00am
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And although it’s a fine typeface, Myriad doesn’t actually have real small caps available.

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