Suggested Fonts to go with Georgia?

icor1031's picture

I'm about to publish a book. So far, the font I enjoy most for the primary content is "Georgia."

I need a free font that goes well with it, for the headlines/subheads. What do you recommend?

At the moment, I'm also using Calibri. For context: My book is primarily made of verses, and those are in Georgia. Anything that *I* wrote is in Calibri.
If you want to suggest an alternative to this also, it is welcomed.

Thanks for your help!

Fournier's picture

If I may suggest, you should search for Matthew Carter
who conceived Georgia.
Carter designed many interesting serif and sans serif typefaces.

Martin Silvertant's picture

And Calibri isn't really recommended here, is it? Actually I'm not convinced Carter's sans typefaces are good choices for book typography either.

Gerry K's picture

Trebuchet and Corbel are not free, but you probably have them if you have Calibri. I once used Trebuchet and Georgia in manual and liked the results. One advantage of Corbel is that its default figures are old style and would therefore match the default old style figures in Georgia.

A number of free sans serif fonts (listed below alphabetically) are readily available for you to download and consider:

Clear Sans from Intel
Fira Sans from Firefox
Lato from Google Web Fonts
Noto Sans from Google Web Fonts
Open Sans from Google Web Fonts
Source Sans Pro from Adobe

Fira Sans and Source Sans include small caps, if that matters.

charles ellertson's picture

For a long time, and in more recent years off and on, it was considered the height of interior design skill to use one typeface for both text and display.

Playing on that notion, I'd at least take a look at Charter, free in the versions released & distributed by one of the TeX groups. Charter will be quite similar to Georgia -- a familial resemblance -- but lighter in weight, so more in keeping with the larger sizes in heads. If in fact you want significantly larger sizes in heads. Space can be used for emphasis, often more effectively than type size.

For a sans, Lato might work, if you absolutely must have a free font. TheSans will work if you don't mind paying a bit. With sans, pay attention to the lower case g's and y's when pairing with serif text fonts.

hrant's picture

Why does it have to be free?


Martin Silvertant's picture

With sans, pay attention to the lower case g's and y's when pairing with serif text fonts.

What should one pay attention to? I've never heard of this rule. It's logical to me, but I also know that many sans typefaces simply don't have a double-storey /g, and I'm assuming that's what you would want to match it with the serif /g.

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