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I am currently looking for typefaces that are similar to Friz Quadrata.
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The "z" in the serif version is too dark.
From firsthand use, I can second the recommendation of Beaufort.
Yep. Agree :) And the /x is too light... and etcetera...
The a, r and Q in Quattrocento look remarkably close to Palatino.
Only /a /r and /Q? I will add the /i and the /l too :)
Why are you being so cavalier about these criticisms?
By cavalier you mean?
(a) gentleman, knight, sir, cavalier, gent, chevalier
(b) arrogant, haughty, cavalier, supercilious, overweening, imperious
(Honest question. Sorry, I use Google translate)
I meant flippantly dismissive.
No hrant, I'm not being dismissive at all. Sorry if it come out sounding like that.
When you said that the /z was too dark, I honestly agreed. And also added that the /x was too light, and etcetera (meaning that there are also a lot of things to tweak or improve).
Things that I'm able to see "now", but wasn't able to see "back then". Things that I've learned to see in the time it has passed since the release. If I have to redraw this font again, of course there are a lot of things I will like to improve. I loved them at the time of release, but now I see lots of things that can be fine-tuned. I have talked to a few colleagues about this feeling, and many share similar feelings with their own initial typefaces, since as time passes, you learn to see things different/better.
Regarding the Palatino comparative: I see Quattrocento much more closer to Basilea, Friz Quadrata and Alexon (Monolines, low contrast). But if someone else sees it similar to Palatino (more calligraphic, showing the contrast and the strokes of the nib pen) then I'm happy. Palatino is a masterpiece.
OK, I understand now.
I still have a problem with recommending a font that you feel isn't very good.
BTW, I think the "x" might actually be fine, since it's a "crowded" letter; in the same way that an "s" (in a text font) must look slightly too light –when you look at it large– for it to end up balanced.
Palatino: I think John might be worried that outlines might have been re-used, but that's just a guess.
No outlines reused on my part, that would be silly.
Usually, when I ask MyFonts for similar faces, the results are not too good, but today at least a couple of the results actually had some resemblance to the target:
Albertus came to my mind; Identifont concurred, and added ITC Elan, presumably related to the first one noted above.
Oh, and don't forget Flareserif 821 (an Albertus lookalike).
Looking around among the recommended similar faces on Identifont, I came across one that wasn't really similar to Friz Quadrata, but was of interest because it was by our own Nick Shinn: Paradigm Pro.