Baskerville

Hi everyone,

I'm working on a project which needs italics with a little more oomph to them, and I'm looking for something in the transitional or modern forms. My point of departure in this search is the new Didot Christian Schwartz and Paul Barnes completed for Vanity Fair. According to their own blog on the commission, the drawings they built their didone from revive a specific letterer's cuts: Molé Le Jeune.

John Baskerville was first a calligrapher in his youth
and then became a rich merchant.
Baskerville stated that his own romans were influenced by calligraphy.
How do you spot the calligraphic leaning in the letters of the Baskerville Roman?
I'd like to know your personal view.

Capitals
http://origin2.myfonts.net/a_91/u/74/d99115d1e4982c1de97f071d67a6dd.gif

Lower case
http://origin2.myfonts.net/a_91/u/19/c4f9b823e3706bb8a60b5fcb5c7551.gif

Hello All,

In my job, I have to deal with folks who have very little attention span. Often I have to write elevator-pitch summaries for which Narrow / Condensed fonts work much better than Regular version of fonts. Also, earlier I had been using Garamond or Cambria for printed-out presentations, but after reading articles about Baskerville font, I tried out Baskerville Old Face. While the switched to Baskerville Old Face hasn't noticeably improved any success rates, I have received more positive comments about the presentations.

Are there any font recommendations that are simultaneously BOTH
(a) Narrow / Condensed
(b) based on Baskerville (Old Face)

Freely available font recommendations will be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Prad

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I'm an Asian font newbie utterly flummoxed with trying to find appropriate web fonts for a website.

For western European languages the site will use Helvetica Neue Light, Helvetica Neue Bold and Baskerville Italic.

But the site will also appear in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and Korean, and I'm trying to find web fonts for those languages that are appropriate equivalents of Helvetica Neue and Baskerville Italic.

Googling for recommendations has just confused me further. Some people even suggest there's no sense using web fonts for Asian character sets because the file sizes would be impractically large. Others suggest that italic fonts aren't appropriate.

Can anyone help suggest what approach I should take here?

Any advice very much appreciated.

I'm in the process of editing and reformatting some old undergraduate papers of mine (for possible use as "academic writing samples" for some of my upcoming grad school applications).

This particular one is a history paper on the Habsburg dynasty. I've chosen to set it in 11pt Baskerville, which works fairly well. However, there are a couple of places where I use indented quotations from a primary source (a publication of laws by Charles V). I'd like to use a slightly different font for these, but I'm having trouble finding something appropriate.

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Your favorite Baskerville?

I'm choosing a typeface for a magazine, and I've decided that Baskerville is the one for me. The magazine is meant to have a sober, timeless feeling to it, without being intimidating or stuffy, and I feel that Baskerville hits all the right notes in that regard.
Now the problem becomes, which one? I'm choosing between several versions, including Linotype, URW++, Monotype, ITC, and Storm's Baskerville Original Pro.

We're printing on both uncoated and coated stock, usually at 9pt size. I've found that the first version I bought, from URW, tends to look too thick, and doesn't quite have the level of readability and lightness that I want. Of course, I could buy them all and experiment, but we're a small independent magazine, and the budget's not there for that.

I've just purchased the URW++ version of Baskerville, and I'm encountering a bizarre problem when using quotation marks. Oddly, the same problem seems to exist in ITC Baskerville — but not in other typefaces.
I've uploaded a screenshot to show what's happening. For some reason, the quotation marks in Baskerville have far too much space around them. I can't manually correct the problem by adjusting the tracking on the character, either.
Again, this is only happening in Baskerville, and I'm using a brand new version that I just purchased from Linotype.

Has anyone else encountered this problem, and if so, did you find a solution?

Currently finishing the layout of a work on architectural theory and aesthetics, originally published in English, though now it's the German edition I'm involved with. We've replicated the design in most aspects, however the Baskerville italic used extensively throughout for titles, references, introductory quotes... it just looks very tight and condensed by default (or perhaps even more so in the German, contrasting with lengthier words).

Is it a kind of type crime to stretch the font ? I recall hearing it's preferable to use another font altogether if the italics look wrong.

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Baskerville?

Hi,

I've seen this particular font quite a lot recently, looks a lot like Baskerville but can't seem to find the version with the flicks on the t's and l's.

Hello,

I am currently working on a project which involves setting 20 short texts in English and in Arabic.
The texts are printed on big panels (107x72cm) and the Arabic text will sit under the English text.
I am using Baskerville Pro (by Storm) and was wondering which Arabic font would match the typeface?

Your help would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

I really enjoy reading this serif, and I believe it's a Caslon, but unfortunately it does not match any digitized set I have come across. I would be very thankful for any suggestions for what might resemble this.

Sorry for the lousy image; I don't have a proper camera at hand.

Hello,

I'm currently designing a logo/brand identity for a friend's photography business. His business is called Knox Photography. Right now I've decided to use Baskerville as the main font, but am trying to find a good font pair to use with it. I really like Gotham, but am not sure if it's completely appropriate? I'm looking leaning more towards a geometrical sans serif font.

I've attached an image of a quick throw together of what I'm thinking of. Right now I'm purely focusing more on finding the right fonts than on the logos design. Currently the image is set with Baskerville and Avenir.

Any suggestions?

Hi guys,

I'm looking for serif typefaces that are inspired by or share some similarities with Baskerville. Different versions of Baskerville would be good as well, but I'm more interested in fonts that have their own character and personality, as subtle as that may be, but are definitely inspired or derived from Baskerville's shape and proportion.

Mrs Eaves is a good one as it is consciously adapting aspects of Baskerville, are there any more that go through this process?

Many thanks.

Jordan

For a while I've been too scared to attempt anything other than a display font because text faces are a totally different kind of beast. Alas, working off of the open-ness of the Baskervilles I've looked at, I'm trying to design my first for-text typeface. It's intended to be used at around 9pt. So, to further demystify the inner workings and details that create a readable text face, can I get a crit on the lowercase glyphs I have so far?

Hello!

I'm on this project right now in which I'm trying to design a business card to a friend who is a psychologist. She's not the most dogmatic or orthodox person, but she's somehow traditional.

I showed her some layout with Mrs.Eaves font and she liked it.

My questions:
If I do use Mrs.Eaves, on the parts which goes telephone number and e-mail, what is "the right" or "correct" thing to do, to use old style numerals or lining ones?

What do you guys think of Mrs.Eaves being used in such thing as a business card?

I appreciate your feedback!

Thank you so much!

Hey guys,
I am working on a school project, doing some research and working with a Baskerville revival.
As a part of my research fase I would love to hear you'r opinion on:

-What is your favourite Baskerville revival or baskerville inspired font?
- Why is this one your favourite?

-Which of the baskerville revivals or baskerville inspired fonts is you least favourite and why?

Hope many of you take the time to answer, It would be really helpfull! :)

I've been wanting to do a Baskerville for some time and finally had a long weekend to work on it. It's still really rough, but I thought I'd post and see people's thoughts.

Finally I have decided to publish the fruit of my labour on MyFonts. The result for now is yet another version of Baskerville Old Face but with the added suffixes ”KTKM” and ”Display” (Baskerville Old Face KTKM-Display).

I wanted to improve the contrast between thick and thin, reduce some ink-traps and give stems, serifs and links a smoother overall feel. I have also added some alternative letters, ligatures and old style numerals.

Feedback is highly appreciated.

Best regards,
Kristian Möller




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Helvetica+Baskerville= Helville?

Im not sure if anyone has attempted this already, but whatever, i've been working on the merge of these two faces into what i call Helville, mantaining the weight and proportions of helvetica with some characteristics of baskerville...
here are some screencaps of the work in progress... more to come -

Your comments will be highly appreciated as this is my first experience "creating" a typeface (i know im cheating, but its a start!)
thanks!


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