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Hey, folks. I am new at book design, and working on a self-published nonfiction book. The subject matter is partly about indigenous people and the wild, and I'm having a hard time settling on the typeface.
If you had to pick a bookface that exemplified wild grace -- not the grace of a ballerina, but the grace of a mountain lion, dirt and burrs and all -- what would you suggest? To me, it seems like there should be a slight edge to it, just a bit rugged, in its tone if not its actual forms.
-The book has a high word count, long stretches of text: needs to read comfortably for the long run.
-No subheads. I don't really think I need a bold weight at all. It would be nice to have something with a light or display weight.
-I prefer humanist models, though I wouldn't say that's absolute. Not a big fan of high-contrast faces.
-A face that is decently tested, and has something of a track record already; I am totally not qualified to be making a whole lot of adjustments.
Any thoughts appreciated, any questions welcomed.
Thanks! Have fun with it.