do Chaparral and New Caledonia match as header and body text?

ycherem's picture

I have been working on some texts and found interesting the combination of Chaparral and New Caledonia as header and body typefaces:

I know advice to this kind of question usually goes like, "Choose whatever suits you best or whatever combination pleases you", but although it pleases me (the contrast and feel), I feel a bit unsure as it is quite uncommon a match (and my primary job is writing, not design per se).

So, does this "work", or there are nicer options?

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

Slab serifs with slabs that thick should only be used for display in my opinion.

Chris Keegan's picture

It's not really working for me personally. Is Chaparral horizontally scaled here? It looks to be about 5-10% wider. That is part of what doesn't work for me. Have you tried looking for a sans with some similarities?

ycherem's picture

Which sans would be similar? (Similar to Chaparral or Caledonia?)

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

It may be a bit boring, but a Bodoni would work well as the headline font here.

ycherem's picture

I guess Bodoni makes matters worse -- too similar to Caledonia to stand out, too thin etc. I've tried Myriad and it seems to blend nicely with New Caledonia (except if I were to use the latter for titles and sections, too).

ycherem's picture

@Nick, Arsenal is very nice.

altsan's picture

Personally, I think Bulmer (bold) would work well as the header font here.

ycherem's picture

@altsan,
Bulmer does look perfect! I'd never heard of it, looks like "Bodoni meets Baskerville".
I'm even considering using it for text.

Here is Bulmer with New Caledonia:

And here is Bulmer for text and headings:

By the way, it is OK to use Bulmer (or any other modern typeface) with old style figures?

eliason's picture

That looks much better.

altsan's picture

I only just discovered Bulmer myself, as I've lately bought and have been reading Lawson's "Anatomy of a Typeface", which has a chapter on it. I do believe it's the first "modern roman" that doesn't make me want to claw my eyes out when used in running text. When you said Bodoni would be too "thin" it occured to me that Bulmer's more gentle contrast might be just the thing.

(Goudy Modern might also work, but I've got no samples of that to look at.)

ycherem's picture

@eliason: You mean Bulmer for headings and text?

eliason's picture

I meant both using Bulmer look better than the combo in the original post.

ycherem's picture

Thanks, I guess I'll stick to Bulmer for text and headings, then.

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