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OK, this is an odd one: I'm currently designing proposals for an engineering firm. We respond to RFPs (Request for Proposals), that often specify "No font smaller than 12 pt." Since we have a lot to say, I've been forced to choose typefaces on the basis of character size.
(I hear your sighs ... but it's a paying gig, and those are kinda hard to find in this place and time.)
Anyway, Perpetua is my current favorite for serif font; it's so tiny that we have to ad "This proposal formatted in 12 pt Perpetua" on the cover letter. The problem is that any sans I use looks huge next to it.
I have a vague memory of tables that listed "characters per pica" for different typefaces at different sizes; are those still around, or did they die w/ the advent of WYSIWYG?
Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions -- both in serif and sans -- I'd be grateful. Thx!