Do these three specifics sound like a font you know?

eatingcrayons's picture

I'm currently working on a website for a new industrially designed product and have an oddly specific client font request.

In the client's words:
"The capital M must have straight sides and the bottom of the point must be in line with the two arms.
The capital A's uppermost point must be slightly flattened rather than ending in a sharp point.
The lowercase a should be of the kind that does not have an arm over the top of it but rather looks more like an o with a line in the back."

Some background on the job:
This is for use throughout the site in both headings and body copy.
Fonts I had in mind for use were (one of the following) Formata, Myriad Pro or Open Sans

The only font I can find that meets this criteria is Muli but with no bold weight it's rather limited for comprehensive use.

Anyone think of any alternatives?

Si_Daniels's picture

Here's one...

Searched "schoolbook sans" on myfonts.

Luma Vine's picture

Must it be a sans?

Delete's picture

Avante Garde Gothic

hrant's picture

Those specs -especially for the "a"- do point to a sans, but you might want a serif font anyway. FYI serif fonts that have an "a" like that are often termed "Primary" since they're supposed to be reading-learner–friendly.

BTW for clients that are this picky it's worth a shot pitching a custom -or at least customized- font, since they typically always find something they don't like in an existing font no matter how many you show them!


eatingcrayons's picture

I have really only considered using sans so far due to the nature of the product. I really want a modern, clean feel to the site, well as much as possible with client requirements!

eatingcrayons's picture

Cheers Si_Daniels and hrant. Both "primary" and "schoolbook sans" are useful classifications in my search. Golden Days is a great place to start as well, will test it out for body copy and see how it feels.

Not so sure about Avante Garde Gothic as a body copy font, might start to get a bit busy to read large chucks.

BTW. My wife is a new entrants teacher and she professes a love for comic sans for beginner readers.

HVB's picture

Using, filtering on MAa, it came up with this serif font

Té Rowan's picture

Charis SIL Literacy is a possibility.

russellm's picture


eliason's picture

Not so sure about Avante Garde Gothic as a body copy font

Yes, please don't!

quadibloc's picture

@eating crayons:
My wife is a new entrants teacher and she professes a love for comic sans for beginner readers.

Actually, one of the few legitimate applications of Comic Sans is for informal printing somehow associated with children.

Nick Shinn's picture

Damning with faint praise!

However, CS is the perfect face for all those (such as CERN scientists) who want to demonstrate a lack of spin in their publications—and that’s a broad swath of legitimacy, even if the naïveté CS represents is faux to the congnescenti.

Renko's picture

The Heinemann Collection fits your needs. Apertura by Betatype, too, but haven’t found a Webfont option …

JamesM's picture

> an oddly specific client font request

Wow, "oddly specific" is right. I've had picky clients but never to that degree. I hope your client is knowledgable about design and has good taste, or else you might be in for a rough job!

oldnick's picture

In my experience, clients who know exactly what they want often don’t…

eatingcrayons's picture

Fantastic, cheers for the recommendations. Apertura and Heinemann are really nice! The web version of Heinemann will work well with my design.

I do like Charis SIL Literacy but it's not quite the right feel for this job.

oldnick, I totally agree with your comment. Fingers crossed for the rest of the job!

Thanks everyone for the help.

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