textface for american newsletter - a little vintage - baseball?

thomasng's picture

Suggestions for a newsletter text face?

Looking for something American and distinguished (i hope elegant), with good legibility. The readers are 40-80. But I will have some 30 year olds glancing at it once in a while and I don't want it to be overlooked. Trying for a freshened up early 20th century experience.

I've been using Filosofia, but not sure about the heaviness. Might be tiring on my older readers.

Does it matter that these guys played baseball?

William Berkson's picture

If you want warm old fashioned consider Goudy Old Style.

If you want elegant, clean modern consider Whitman.

dezcom's picture

Whitman is a very well crafted face and certainly easy to read for old geezers like me. Kent Lew has done a superb job of it.

ChrisL

PS: and William likes it too :-)

oldnick's picture

Bitstream Cooper Light and ITC Souvenir Light are good choices for the coot crowd, too...large x-height, pleasant letterforms, and can be set tight without loss of legibility. And, of course, let me grind my favorite axe and mention that Poppl Laudatio is attractive, has a HUGE x-height, and is eminently readable by people with failing vision at sizes as small as 10 pt.

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Yes, I'm old...and getting older, blinder, more arthritic and balder, too. What's your excuse?

dezcom's picture

"Yes, I’m old…and getting older, blinder, more arthritic and balder, too...."

Yup, that about sums me up too :-)

ChrisL

Si_Daniels's picture

>Does it matter that these guys played baseball?

Fenway, Magpie, or anything from David Berlow

thomasng's picture

oh, these are lovely typeface recommendations. Thank you!
I will be exploring them in the next few days. So now the awkward question, before actually buying the fonts, how do I try them out? Don't have Whitman, Fenway, and Magpie. Suggestions? This is so newbie, I'm sure.

William Berkson's picture

On the FontBureau faces, you can download PDFs from their site and print them out for a taste of how they look. For more just call them. I think they will be willing to send to PDF samples set in your text and layout. I don't know if Fenway, which is used by Sports Illustrated, is generally available, but you should ask. Magpie I think is the new face by Vincent Connaire, which looks very interesting, but also don't know if it is available.

vinceconnare's picture

http://www.uniformsexpress.com/letter.htm

I think the one we used was 'Script'

Uniforms express is a low cost worldwide baseball uniform company.

William Berkson's picture

Vince, is your Magpie available?

dezcom's picture

Vincent,
Is that the minor league team from Richmond Virginia?

ChrisL

William Berkson's picture

I think it's the original Richmond in London, England, Chris.

vinceconnare's picture

no Magpie isn't ready to be released. someday... but work keeps me too busy to finish it.

The Richmond team is in Richmond upon Thames London England this was 2004 in Austria.

dezcom's picture

"The Richmond team is in Richmond upon Thames London England"

I am totally surprised to see that baseball is played in England. I knew it was big in Japan and in the Western Hemisphere but seeing a group of Englishmen looking exactly like American ball players threw me for a loop. I should say that I made a 2 base error and walked the pitcher but that would not be crickett :-)

ChrisL

Nick Shinn's picture

>baseball is played in England

And now this...

www.dubaimightycamels.com

dezcom's picture

NICK!!! The is a major SCREAM!!! That is the best laugh i've had in weeks :-)

ChrisL

vinceconnare's picture

well baseball is growing here. The guy in the first row, second guy pitched in the minor leagues and was a batting practice pitcher for the Chicago White Sox a couple of years ago. He is also the guy who at a pub the first time we met him said to me 'I have to shake your hand, I can't belive you made comic sans' (boy, pitchers are stupid).

The guy behind him is 19 (Aeden) and is now playing for the Georgia State Baseball Team. http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwath/baseball/releases/2005/050718_Frady_Fourth.htm

Si_Daniels's picture

>I have to shake your hand

Better than I have to shake you by the throat ;-)

dezcom's picture

"second guy pitched in the minor leagues... first time we met him said to me ‘I have to shake your hand..."

I hope his favorite pitch wasn't the spitter :-)

ChrisL

vinceconnare's picture

and the 'White Sox' pitcher is a lefty and probably his favourite is a slider.

The 'kid' Aeden as a pitcher throws about 95mph but is a catcher/outfielder on the roster of Georgia State. I hit a double off him and scored both runs for Richmond in a friendly game between Richmond and Great Britian that GB won 4-2.

The front row was: americans on the left and australians on the right. The back row was everyone was born in England (encluding Aeden) except for the last one on the right who was born 8/10 of a mile from the home plate of Fenway Park and might be English in 10 months.

Si_Daniels's picture

>might be English in 10 months.

Vinnie, you'll allways be American to us, and the IRS!

vinceconnare's picture

> and the IRS!

ain't that the Truth.. George Bush's IRS just mailed my last years tax refund last week. Talk about efficient... filed in Jan... 10 months to get a refund. That's what I call republican efficiency.. wonder who they killed with the proceeds of the interest.

dezcom's picture

"wonder who they killed with the proceeds of the interest."

perhaps democracy was the deceased?

ChrisL

hrant's picture

No, Democracy is the hitman.

hhp

William Berkson's picture

>Democracy is the hitman.

Ah, Hrant you are truly back. This one will go with my other favorite 'hrants':

"You have to hate to create, it's a human paradox."

"I don't have a lawyer, but I am from Beirut."

Not that I agree or anything, but what a way with words!

dezcom's picture

His law firm is Smith and Wesson :-)

ChrisL

hrant's picture

Cool, I have an archivist.

BTW, here's an adjunct to the paradox: You have to hate to love.

> His law firm is Smith and Wesson

Wow, they make brain-wave guns now?

hhp

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