Suggestions for a carved, industrial serif for text.

malbright's picture

Hi Team!

I would really appreciate your advice. My client is looking for a body copy face that that gives a sense of being 'carved' on the page. She's looking for a sense of ancient.

Further, she described it as kind of industrial, elegant...not a warm, personal, intimate feeling, but more industrial, with a sense of iron...but not too austere...

For chapter headers she's liking Goudy Trajan, but personally, I think its tired so we're looking for a replacement for that as well.

The book contains poetry, so for the most part, the text will not be dense on the page.

Here's her current choice, of which I was no part. Any ideas?

Thank you!

donshottype's picture

Very subjective criteria for the body text. I hesitate make suggestions based on them and I trust you are familiar with the common candidates. A less known prospect might be Aragon by Canada Type http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/canadatype/aragon/ Or you might browse through some of the suggestions recently posted in the long running thread Best Serif Ever http://typophile.com/node/27736
As for the Trajan replacement, one possibility that I like is Centaur, an elegant font with a sculptural feeling
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/centaur/
Don

malbright's picture

Thank you, Don! I know what you mean about that criteria. That's why this is driving me nuts. I have no idea.

hrant's picture

What about Perpetua?

hhp

DTY's picture

Scala?
Maiola?

nicolacaleffi's picture

Michael,

here are my suggestions for a serif, not very "industrial" but perhaps with that sense of "carving" sturdiness you're after:

Huronia
http://www.rosettatype.com/Huronia

MVB Verdigis
http://www.mvbfonts.com/mvb_verdigris_pro

Harfang
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/psyops/harfang-pro/

Kis Antiqua Now
https://www.fonts4ever.com/search_result_details.php?f_item_name=Kis%20A...

donshottype's picture

You're welcome Michael.
Here is one with "crisp angularity and wedge-shaped serifs" that "appears carved in stone."
Trump Mediaeval [i.e. oldstyle]:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/trump-mediaeval/
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/trump-mediaeval/
http://www.myfonts.com/search/trump+mediaeval/fonts/
don

malbright's picture

You guys are so helpful and generous with your time. Thank you!

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