Most readable sans-serif to pair harmoniously with Times New Roman & Futura

Demmy's picture


I am working on a dictionary set in Times NR with Futura headings and I need a sans serif text font that fits snugly and unobtrusively next to Times, under Futura and which can be read easily at 8pt.

Any ideas most, most welcome.

Demmy's picture

Me again... Another option is to use Futura as body text. I’ve explored the fascinating typophile thread on the subject, but I’m not convinced its a good idea.

hrant's picture

Don't use Futura for much text.

Try this:


quadibloc's picture

Although it's an obvious choice - a geometric sans serif, like Futura, but humanized by some oldstyle features - I would definitely say that you should not use Kabel.

A sans-serif face that might be used in a dictionary, with a large x-height - I don't know any by name. Antique Olive certainly has a very large x-height, but it is usually thought of as a display face. In a thread here on a related topic, Century Gothic was recommended, but for your specific case, it seems to resemble Futura too closely.

I suspect you should go for something wide, not narrow, and lighter rather than bolder, so Bell Gothic is out, even though it's legible in small sizes, and has the additional useful property of clearly distinguishing between I, l, and 1.

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