Font suggestions for legal/copyright journal

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Darren Endicott's picture
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Font suggestions for legal/copyright journal
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Hi

I've been tasked with (re)designing a journal/magazine for Patent lawyers (the legal eagles who fight over copyright, trademarks, and intellectual properties). They're a fairly conservative bunch, but I think they could handle a contemporary makeover.

I'm looking for suggestions for body copy and display faces. My initial thoughts are a slab perhaps Stag for headers, a neutral clean sans such as Whitney and a modern take on a serif for body - perhaps Chronicle. I'm aware these are all H&F fonts (but they are ones I'm well versed in using). The other school of thought is something a bit more retro a la Gotham or Neutraface, but to be honest I'm getting a little tired of those...

So can anyone suggest some alternatives? Bearing in mind as it's predominantly a journal there will be a lot of reading matter and not much imagery, so I need the fonts to vary and produce texture, but be complementary and not too edgy.

Thanks!

Indra Kupferschmid's picture
Joined: 8 Aug 2007 - 3:23am
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You could look into Equity, a typeface designed for legal document by type designer and attorney Matthew Butterick. http://www.typographyforlawyers.com/?page_id=3047/

I think, setting the whole thing in a geometric typeface won’t be readable enough. Better combine a serif for body text with something like Stag or Amplitude for headlines.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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Considering Darren's "contemporary" that might be too old-fashioned.

If the heading is going to be a slab, maybe something like FF Olson? But with a less hefty x-height.

hhp

Indra Kupferschmid's picture
Joined: 8 Aug 2007 - 3:23am
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Always depends on what typeface you combine the “old-fashioned” fonts with. Stag seems anything but dusty to me. And in that regard, something retro like Neutraface is not the right direction to take either.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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I meant just Equity, sorry.

something retro like Neutraface is not the right direction

If only FontBureau had something just like it...

hhp

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Equity looks nice, but for the price tag I'd need to use across multiple publications and I'm also wary of using a 'new' font. I do love amplitude and there's something a bit more fitting, so would think Farnham or Miller might work well as body and have a contemporary yet established feel - also a bit more sophisticated. They also work well alongside Stag.

If anyone has recommendations to alternatives feel free to add...