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I've been a lurker on the forum for a while and have already learned a great deal from the discussions I've read. What a great place to learn how to appreciate fonts!
I am an amateur at best. A few months ago my wife and I were in Staples, and I saw an ad for Adobe CC. It reminded me that I needed to start a newsletter for my new parish assignment (I'm an Orthodox priest), so I signed up and dove in. I read Ellen Lupton's Thinking With Type and the Bringhurst Bible and poured over some grid literature. I think I've improved each month, though that doesn't say much--I have no design training at all! I've attached a preview of our latest issue.
I am interested in investing in one quality font to work with for at least two years. I have access to the Typekit fonts, which I realize is an incredible thing to have, considering that just a few years ago, one would have to shell out major funds for Garamond.
The only Orthodox "style guide" I've seen is from the Greek Archdiocese. They use Requiem. As beautiful as that font is, it the whole Renaissance phenomenon is a bit alien to Orthodoxy, which historically has been based in the east. Also, I would like something a bit more masculine.
I am considering Maiola, Quadraat and Scala for my needs. I realize that these are postmodern, which is equally foreign to my background. But these fonts are too beautiful to pass up! I love the details of Maiola, but Quadraat may be more flexible, especially since I could eventually purchase the Sans companion. To my untrained eye, Quadraat has a bit more character than Scala. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Any advice you could give on the strengths, weaknesses or challenges of these three would be greatly appreciated. Any advice, too, on the design would be great. Thank you for being patient with a newbie!
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