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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?

Partial names with small capitals

I would like to use small captials for the names in my document. So it looks like this:

In the HILBERT space we have …

However, I am not sure what I would do with “Lagrangian”. The actual name is “Lagrange”. Should this be

- “LAGRANGian” (wrong Name highlighted)
- “LAGRANGEian” (wrong word in the end)
- “Lagrangian” (exception of the rule, since name is no full substring)?

Similarly “fermion” from Fermi, “boson” from Bose.

A couple of newbie questions

Here's a few things that have been on my mind lately.

If using the European en dash style in text, what should be used for breaks of thoughts and interruptions – en or em dashes?

How do you deal with acronyms in italicized passages if you've been using small caps throughout the text and, like in most fonts, you don't have italic small caps?

Speaking of small caps, is there a special case when they begin a sentence (inside a paragraph)?

Small Caps & the Leading Line

When using small caps in a leading line and you have what would normally be capitalized letters within it, (for example, someones name) do you make those normal sized capitol letters in line the small caps, or just all lowercase small caps? What is best practice for this, which is more traditional...

Mixing small caps and lower case, e.g., plurals and possessives


Dear Typophile,

What is the convention when mixing small caps and lower case in the same word?

For instance, if I am setting all abbreviations in small caps, I might have the phrase ‘he had two DVDs on his shelf’. How do I stop it looking like ‘he had two DVDS on his shelf’ (you have to imagine these large caps are small caps!).

Another example might be a possessive. ‘the new DVD’s cover was blank’. In theory it's okay, but in some typefaces the lower case S actually comes out larger than the small caps, which looks a little striking.

Are there any conventions here? Or tips people have found from experience look best when mixing small caps and lower case in the same word?

All best wishes,


Setting an all-caps book title



I'm setting some text about a book that has a title with a word in all caps (example: UNTOLD: The Story Not Told). What is the best way to do this? My thoughts are that in headings it would be all caps just like the above, but in text UNTOLD would be U[smallcaps]ntold[/smallcaps] (that is, Untold with the "ntold" part in small caps, mixing the case). I also considered just ignoring the all-caps aspect in the text (referring to it as "Untold: The Story Not Told" in the text, but I'm not sure I can get away with that.

Thanks for your help!

alternates in small caps


Hi guys,

I'm creating a sans-serif font but as alternates the I and J have little serifs, and I want to carry over the alternates to the small caps. I'm getting a little stuck on the scripting. (Massive newbie on the scripting btw).

So when Small Caps are on with alternates the small cap serif I will be displayed instead of tthe small cap I.

Is this possible?

Thanks in advance.

darling: a new release


darling is a display font, with medium contrast, designed to be used in the composition of titles, letterings, visual id’s and short texts such as illustrated books or magazines for children.
it has 738 characters and a lot of opentype features that allows the composition of titles and/or words in a very different ways. otherwise, when applied with no features, it produces a homogeneous amount of text.


Narrow All Caps Sans from Transistor - Reveal (video game) Trailer

There's a fairly unique looking R, and the H is very wide. Scope the trailer here, they use the typeface throughout the title sequence:


Thanks in advance! I'd also be interested in finding a very similar light typeface that doesn't have such a unique R, but other similar characteristics.


True small caps for system fonts

My employer (a law firm) has adopted Century or Century Schoolbook for most documents I produce. (This is a result of a combination of style and very restrictive court rules.) I'd like to use a true small caps in those documents, but I can't find anywhere to buy a set with small caps in either font. Any tips? Thanks.

How to balance small caps - Gotham Narrow

Referring to the image, which do you feel is the best treatment (most balanced) for small caps?

Top — Caps and small caps using their default settings for weight and size.
Middle — Caps have their weight dropped from bold to medium. Small caps are unchanged.
Bottom - Caps have their weight dropped from bold to medium, and size dropped from 16 to 15. Small caps are unchanged.

Small Caps Setting in Body Text

A house style of which I try to adhere is to set capitalized abbreviations and acronyms, in a running paragraph of text, as small caps. It's a convention that I am quite happy with, as setting them in full size caps makes them really jump off the page. I have run into two problems with this:

  1. How to set an acronym/abbreviation which falls at the beginning of a sentence. ("NASA plans to launch another shuttle in 2020.") For these instances, I will usually set the first letter as a full cap with the rest as small caps. This seems pretty satisfactory, but I wonder how others handle the same situation.

Small-cap Eszett impossible to input in InDesign?


I've been working on the specimen booklet for my graduation typeface (part digitisation of Manuscript Antikva, part stylistic extrapolation), and have run into the curious situation of not being able to use one of my designed characters.

As Adam Twardoch mentions here, uppercase ß will still map to SS. Oddly, however, InDesign CS5 allows me to input the capital Eszett just fine. However, the small-caps variant is seemingly impossible (I've attached a screenshot of the usual situation upon insertion—small-caps SS). I can only think of placing it in the Private Use Area, but I'd rather not. So, in short, how can I access the actual glyph at codespace uni00DF.sc without InDesign telling me what it's supposed to be?

Help! OpenType & Small Caps Glyphs Vs. using Opentype with other formats interchangably


* Has anyone had any problems using the Small Caps feature in an Open Type font purchase?

* Has anyone had problems using Open Type in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel?

I'm working on a project for a client in which I'm rebranding their marketing materials. I'm using Gill Sans Small Caps for headings and Gill Sans Roman, italic bold etc. I use both a Mac and PC. The client uses a PC.

Does Gill Sans Small Caps come in Opentype?

Does anyone know if there is a version of Gill Sans Small Caps in Opentype format?
Monotype has Gill Sans Small Caps in a Family pack on fonts.com however under the technical details they are only listed as Macintosh PostScript, Windows PostScript, and Windows TrueType. The client this is for uses PC and I am doing the design on a mac. Would the TrueType translate to both platforms?


Thanks in advance for your help!



Greater Albion Typefounders have just released the Worthing family on Myfonts.com and Fontspring (fonts.com release to follow).

Worthing aims to combine Victorian charm with modern-day requirements for legibility and clarity, and we hope, demonstrates that traditional elegance still has its place in the modern world. Meanwhile, for those who our curious about the naming of our fonts, Mr Lloyd our designer was reading Mr Wells (H. G.) “War of the Worlds” recently. No doubt some of you will remember the part that Worthing in Sussex played in that story. Worthing is offered in three styles, regular, alternate and shaded. It's ideal for Victorian and Edwardian era inspired design work, posters and signage, as well as for book covers, chapter headings and so forth.

Atkinson Bros. Agency logo from 1980's -- puzzling embellishments

Hello all; this is my first time posting, though I've come here reading off and on. I have been learning all I can so I can speak intelligently about this topic, but please forgive me (and correct me) if I use some of the technical terms incorrectly or too broadly.

The attached logo was found on some rolls of metallic stickers that our insurance agency has been using for various purposes for at least twenty years, if not longer. We are currently looking into branching out with our marketing methods, which has of course left us in need of a distinctive "look" -- and we would like to use this logo, as it is (in our opinion) rather handsomely suited to the "tone" of the business we are pursuing, as well as able to give us some brand continuity. Unfortunately, the gentleman who designed the logo for us is long deceased, and we have no original files anywhere either.

Now, even after hours of searching and browsing through font identification tools, none of us have been able to determine which typeface is used here. The interesting flourishes don't help, I'm sure...

old style figures in titles


So everyone I look, it seems that if you're going to use old style figures at all in a work, then anywhere titling figures appear, it'd better be in an all caps environment. But if we're to really stick with the

old style figures : titling figures :: lowercase : upper case

analogy, wouldn't that mean the '7' in

Chapter 7

ought not to have that descender? After all, in words, it would be "Chapter Seven." (It actually makes me pause when I see "September 23, 2010" and all the numbers are text figures. That can't be good, right?) But then, following the rule strictly,

Chapter 11

ought to have two different styles for the two different '1's. !!! =(

LeFrancois : soon available !

LeFrançois is a typeface in OpenType format based on 3 series of capitals.
It seems to be classical but some glyphs show that it's not so conventional.
It's seems to be a typical French type, that's why its name is LeFrançois (with the accent please !)
With a particular work on kerning (about 5000 !) and ligatures, you'll be able to compose words as logotypes thanks to capitals and small caps.
It will be soon available at http://www.editions205.fr

Looking for serif with true small caps (web font)


Hello there fellow Typophiles,

I'm looking for advice on a typeface for the body text on a website I'm working on. The website is about wedding photography, so I'm thinking that an elegant (but legible) roman typeface would fit nicely. Though I would really like to use true small caps, something I'm having trouble finding in a web font. Question: Do you know any free or affordable web fonts with true small caps? (that fit my requirements)

I've been looking at Typekit and Typotheque and the best I could come up with is Greta Text or maybe Brioni Text.

Any other recommendations?

Greater Albion Launches Corton


Greater Albion Typefounders has just launched 'Corton' a pair of display Roman small capitals faces.

Corton was inspired by the traditional lettering on a gravestone in an English village. While that might sound a rather solemn beginning, Corton has wonderfully lively air, with distinctive lively serifs and beautifully swashed downstrokes. Two faces are offered-regular and titular. Between them they are ideal signage and display faces, merging 'olde-worlde' charm and fun character.

Corton is currently available through Myfonts, and is offered at a 35% introductory discount.