Seeking Font(s) for Fine Art Presentation

ana_leon's picture

Hello! This is my first post to the forum and I am sorry if I am placing it in the wrong category, but this appeared to be the most appropriate.

I have a compilation of images (all were originally watercolor/gouache paintings that have been digitally scanned for printing) that need to be labeled by name (images are mostly Baroque/Spanish colonial buildings), but some are of people/nature specifically. The font will be incorporated into the image.

As I am not a designer, I simply pulled fonts from my list in Word and those which I was drawn to in film/advertising. My initial leanings brought me to Helvetica Neue Ultralight and Neutraface. {Big suprise, I know.} I also like script fonts such as Davison Spencerian - it's not perfect, am seeking something looser. I do like the contrast of a minimalist font against the highly detailed paintings, but I thought that I would also like to pair it with something that is complementary to the ornate style of the architecture (as I will often need two lines of text: i.e. Building Name/Location City, Country).

I had thought that I would go with Helvetica Neue Ultralight or Neutraface, but after reading some opinions on both, it seems that both are "over" and "a bit obvious." What are your alternative suggestions? Thank you.

P.S. If you need more information, I am seeking a font that will convey modernity. The images are going to be used on stationery items and I want something that is modern and chic.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

This sounds to me like a good opportunity to use Pradell. http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/typerepublic/pradell/

That is, if I disregard all your thoughts on what you’re looking for.

Adrian Valenz's picture

I also agree about having a minimalistic font against the highly detailed paintings. I also understand how you feel about the Helvetica family. Instead of Helvetica I recommend Avenir. Personally I looove that typeface and I think you would too. It is a sans serif and is minimalistic but has a little style to it compared to the neutral Helvetica.

Avenir: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/avenir/

JamesM's picture

I agree that Helvetica can look dated. If you're stuck using it, I think using it condensed and in lighter weights can help.

Nick Shinn's picture

I would forget about modernity, whatever that means, and concentrate on type that looks good (to you) next to the paintings.

If you work with a sans serif that has a lot of weights, that can help in the design process as you experiment with different settings.

For stationery, it’s important to take into account the figures (numbers) in a typeface.

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