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Typeface for biography set in the 1950-80


I’m looking for recommendations for a text typeface for a book. The book is the biography of a workman and union activist in the 1950, but the story stretches from a few years before into the 1980/90s. I thought of a commonly-used typeface from that time, e.g. Palatino or Melior, combined with a typewriter typeface for the headings.

An Old Style Typeface, Similar to Garamond Premier Pro

I'm looking for a good typeface to use for a book. It's a Christian devotional book. I want something similar to Garamond Premier Pro, an old style with a full family and every other small detail: small caps, italics, ligatures, etc. It can be new or old.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Please help - looking for a good typeface/font match

I'm new to Typophile, so please forgive me (and re-direct me if you know otherwise) if this has been posted in the wrong forum topic!

I've recently created a logo design for a bespoke fashion brand using the typeface Lulo Clean One Bold (see: https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/yellow-design/lulo-clean/) and I'm trying to put together the rest of the brand identity.

Is there a sans serif that works for print body copy?


Hi all,
I'm working on a magazine supplement and I was asked to set the body copy in a "modern, classy sans-serif font." Yeah, I know, modern and classy...
I've set it in Gotham for the moment, but I was wondering if anyone has an idea for a typeface that will work better or any tips for making Gotham and sans-serif in general more readable as body copy.
Thanks in advance!

Customer insist on bold text face


I am trying to design a book for a customer. It's non-fiction, perhaps one or two images, otherwise it's text with maybe two levels of hierarchy. The body text alternates between quoting from an old religious text and explanatory comments. Sometimes these alternations stretch over a page or more, sometimes they're only a line or two.

For the body text, the latest proposal was to alternate between normal and italic of the same type and weight, a solution which I found comfortable to read. Setting the old religious text a little "poem style" (indented, italic, ragged right) and the explanatory comment as just reading text (no indent, normal, justified) I found quite pleasing.

How do you evaluate (and show client) typefaces for magazine body copy?

Hi there,

I have a client wanting to redesign a magazine, including fonts for body text as well as headers, callouts, etc. What is the best way to compile and show, on paper, what different fonts look like in print? I'm finding that some foundries have PDF samples of text, but others and MyFonts don't, so not sure what the best strategy would be. Any resources you recommend?

Thanks so much for your help.


Soho Body Text

Hey everyone!

Has anyone noticed that it is difficult to set body text in Soho Regular?

For me Regular it seems a bit to dark, whereas Light does the job much better. Also, probably due to the large x-height the Auto leading value of 120% is way too tight. Although, I think the large x-height is also responsible for high legibility and readability in small sizes, which is a good thing.

My own experimentation led me to a decision of using Soho Light 7.5/11.5 pt or 8/12 pt for body text.

Does anyone have any experience working with this typeface? Any comments/tips?

Benedictine Pro Family - Under Development by Alter Littera


I have been loving the Benedictine face since I first saw it a few months ago on pages 30-31 of McGrew's American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century. I searched once and again for information about it on the Internet, and, apart from a couple of sample images, I could only find (naturally) an old but quite revealing post on Typophile, and, of course, that wonderful manual on typography by Mergenthaler Linotype from 1923.

Given that no one seems to have carried the remarkable beauty of the Benedictine family (an apparently forgotten gem) into the modern OpenType world, I decided to do it myself ...

Please identify this serif font, used by F. Forssmann

Hi everyone!
Please give me a hand with identifying this serif font used by Friedrich Forssmann in the recently published book »Arno Schmidt in Hamburg« (Hoffmann und Campe, 978-3-455-40345-9, http://www.hoffmann-und-campe.de/go/arno-schmidt-in-hamburg). Screenshot from the publisher’s homepage attached to this posting. I feel it’s something between Garamond and Bembo, but what font exactly?
Thanks a lot in advance!

Proofing text on newsprint


I’m in the process of redesigning a newspaper, and I’m wondering if there is a way I can more accurately print proofs. Crisp laser printouts are nice, but I want get a feel for how the design will work in its ‘native’ media.

Does anyone have experience putting newsprint through an inkjet printer? Can it be done effectively? I’m pretty sure I can get some of the same paper the news is printed on.

My other alternative is to experiment with type in a house/fill ad that runs in the actual newspaper. This is probably most accurate, but totally up to chance, and only available once a week.

Any advice or information is most appreciated. Thanks.

What combines well with Tartine Script Black?


Hello all,

For an ecommerce webproject, I am in need of a font for body text that combines well with the Tartine Script Black that is used for the type logo.

Currently the website uses Arial, which in a way makes sense, but I am looking for something (web-safe) slightly less boring than that. I have looked around but could not find anything suitable. hence the question here, boiling down to:

What font combines well with Tartine Script Black?

Kind regards,

Scala Sans


Hello! I'd like to know your opinion, please!

Is Scala Sans a good typeface for running text (body text)? (even thought its typographic colour seems a little "dark" and similar to Gill Sans, in my humble opinion)

I really mean the sans version, not the serif one! (not Scala)

And if it is good for running text, which typeface could be a good companion for it? (another sans, maybe for display headlines on a magazine?)

I know there is a controversy mixing a sans serif with other sans serif, but I've seen it in use and it could work, sometimes, I guess?

What do you people think? (maybe Scala Sans with TheSans or Scala Sans with DIN?)

Thanks for your feedback!

Futura as Body Text

I'm exploring using Neufville Digital's Futura as body text in a student workbook for learning a medical-software programming language. The text is broken into short one- or two-paragraph frames accompanied by Q&A and hands-on programming exercises. These short frames are designed to be read only one at a time, followed by breaks to program or answer questions. The text is set with plenty of interline spacing, 12/18, to help clarify Futura's less sturdy measures, and it's set ragged right to protect the word and character spacing. My hope is that these choices will help protect the color and texture of the page.

Please help! Magazine design - Typefaces for Titles, subtitles and body text


Hello! I'm doing a research and probably a project which the final "product" (only for academic purposes, I emphatize) would be a magazine in which design would be the main subject. I was thinking something in a similar square format as the new Creative Review (after the redesign).

I've looked typefaces such as Apex New, which is one of my favourite "squarish" sans-serifs. Chester Jenkins did an awesome job on that! The typeface is beautiful and it seems to work nicely on body text. (Klavika is beautiful, but I want to see something a little bit different and yet, with some "squarish" proportions)

The other one that seems to fit is "Leitura Sans", by Dino dos Santos for titles and body text.

Body text to go with Klavika


I need to typeset a series of training manuals (life skills coaching). The client uses Klavika as their corporate font. I'm not sure if I should just use Klavika for the body text - it might get a bit much – or look at something else.
The client would prefer to stay with a sans serif.
Any recommendations much appreciated.


Showing web addresses in body copy



Here's a good one. What opinions to people have on suitable ways to display web addresses in body copy?

The first element to this is to do with punctuation and grammar, in that as a web address sits within a sentence, normal punctuation will apply (period at the end of the sentence). Also, it would be desireable for the url to be displayed on one line, but if it is too long to fit on one line in a column, it should be broken at a suitable place (such as after a slash/virgule). Websters encourages this application, whereas Oxford's New Hart's Rules mentions the perhaps somewhat antiquated use of 'http://' as well as placing the address within angle brackets.