Garamond & Condensed sans

Jan Sandvik's picture

I need to find a condensed sans that works reasonably well with Adobe Garamond. The sans face will be used in small size (about 6 to 7 points) inside a CD cover booklet so legibility and line length is an issue.

I like Storm's Sebastian, but it's too wide.

Any suggestions?

BradB's picture

I have no idea what Sebastian looks like, but Univers Condensed may be a good choice.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Did you look at Storm's Dyna Grotesk?

Stephen Coles's picture

More important than the fact that you're using Garamond is the theme of the design and its audience. Tell us more about the CD.

That said: FF Quadraat Sans Condensed

Jan Sandvik's picture

I haven't studied the music too deeply because I have quite strict guidelines how to lay out the booklet; it has to look like a previously published song book - same graphics and all. So, almost no real creativity is allowed.

The song book featured Adobe Garamond for both titles and lyrics, but now I have to cram the same texts in a cd booklet and need a suitable sans typeface to that.

My staple choice News Gothic just didn't feel right for the job.

Stephen, FF Quadraat Condensed looks definitely interesting, the shapes and proportions have a "garamond feel". What worries me is that the regular weight looks a bit dark on the screen, considering it's going to be printed in a very tiny size (The booklet is propably printed on a coated stock, that of course helps a bit)

Tiffany, I don't know how I forgot DynaGrotesk, I have it even installed on my computer... I have to run some tests.

jonmelville's picture

I have found that Swiss 721 Regular works nicely with AGaramond.

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/bitstream/swiss-721/swiss-721/

mwebert's picture

Syntax might work...

--Michael.

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Stefan H's picture

Stalemate have worked fine in smaller sizes. Maybe worth a try?

http://www.macrhino.com

Good luck anyway!

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