Digital Iridium -- any good?

lindenhayn's picture

I recently came across a book, c. 1990, typeset in A. Frutiger's Iridium (Linotronic 500), and realized what a beautiful typeface Iridium is. Like a happier Walbaum, a more humane Bodoni, a better-crafted New Caledonia...

As the Linotype specimen sheet, as always, isn't too helpful -- has anyone has ever used the digital version, or seen a book typeset in it?

thanks in advance!

lindenhayn's picture

I tried to add two links, but they made my post get caught in the spam filter:

(1) Linotype's specimen: image.linotype.com/samples/hirespdf/48731.pdf

(2) The only book I found set in (probably digital) Iridium, a pretty low-res scan. I'll be able to get it via interlibrary loan, but I'll appreciate more thoughts on Iridium nevertheless.
http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521088893&...

lindenhayn's picture

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hrant's picture

You're right, it looks both sensitive and solid. Although at least on MyFonts the spacing seems too loose.

hhp

Jens Kutilek's picture

If you’re in Berlin or in Mainz, you can probably find a copy of »Adrian Frutiger – Schriften. Das Gesamtwerk«. It contains a sample of the digital Iridium (p. 241). For my taste the hairlines are a tiny bit too thin in < 10 pt. Depending on your printer it might work though.

oobimichael's picture

@lindenhayn,

Strangely enough, Iridium LT was included in Linotype's GoldEdition 1.7, so I created this simple comparison using: Iridium LT, Walbaum MT, and Waldorf TL. No effort was made to adjust or manually kern the text... just a straight comparison.

http://ge.tt/7VAbQiY/v/0?c

lindenhayn's picture

@Jens, @Michael: thanks! There is a copy of that book near my place, I'll go check it out later this week. Looking at the comparison, I'm getting an idea of what a great font this could be if the spacing were corrected -- and if it came with the small caps and text figures that the original had. Even the »Pro« (!) version comes without them :(

hrant's picture

Nils, respacing is my middle name. :-) If you have a budget, the spacing, the smallcaps, all that can be fixed. Of course there are others here who can also do that sort of thing for you.

hhp

lindenhayn's picture

by the way, there's second typeface that Iridium looks like a better version of: Slimbach's Kepler, which for some reason never really appealed to me (despite several chances I gave it over the past few years). Maybe one could borrow the smcps and osfs from there...

hrant's picture

That's possible (especially if the MM version of Kepler were used to generate just the right matching instance) and it would certainly save time/money. But everybody involved would need to own a license to all the fonts in the mix. And I'd have to check Iridium's EULA, but in the worst case I can get permission from Linotype (I've been with them since 1998, and have some friends there).

hhp

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