(x) Mark Manders "Isolated Rooms" book cover type - FF Legato {Chris Keegan}

manukball's picture

Does anyone know what font. Thank you.

Chris Keegan's picture

I think it might be FF Legato Bold

Stephen Coles's picture

Yep. Man, that's purdy. Does this change your mind, Joe? At least a little?

hrant's picture

> that’s purdy

It also looks so real, like the type is actually one with the cover. Amazing.


Stephen Coles's picture

I assume it's embossed, so that helps. But Legato seems to lend itself well to embossing.

marcox's picture

The type looks great, but would anybody else have been tempted to break the lines before "of", so that you don't have a series of single line grafs that just say "Chicago"?

Or better yet, run the secondary type smaller, so that long names fit on a single line?

hrant's picture

Stephen, I think that there is actually called debossing.


ebensorkin's picture

Sweeeet. I like the color the face the technique & the layout.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Haha... Stephen is ribbing me because Legato is not my favorite Evert Bloemsma font... but this is very beautiful. In fact if someone forced me to use Gill Sans (*that overused and aging uberclassic) again I'd have to convince them to use Legato instead.

* Yeah, Gill Sans is overused but it's italics are still in my top 5, maybe top 3, best examples of sans italics. =) Sorry, I didn't mean to stray the conversation from that nice embossed sample here...

William Berkson's picture

Also not a big fan of Legato here. I don't think the reversed contrast stuff works. The s is particularly clunky.

hrant's picture

It's trying to be a text face, so the glyphs aren't supposed to be pretty (and I personally don't think they are). In my view if the glyphs are pretty there's something wrong.

Being a text face (as much as a sans could be), unless one accepts what Legato is trying to do, the only way somebody can mean something like "I don't think the reversed contrast stuff works" is to actually read text set in Legato. Otherwise it's probably the typical conservative reactionarism. The old "It's different than what I've already decided I like, so it must be bad."


Miss Tiffany's picture

Legato Sans is a lovely sans that begs to be used in the most simple ways, display or caption sizes. This sample is perfect for proving it has a timeless quality as well.

hrant's picture

I recently checked out the Manders book from UCLA. Yes, I could be imagining the following because I admittedly want it to be true, but Legato does seem to transcend the black and make a setting part of a whole with the paper (and not just on the cover where it's debossed). Looking at the various large-size settings throughout the book it's notable that I seem to feel a gentle resistance to my picking out of individual letters to analyze... This is good news for notan.

Sadly the only smaller-size settings in the book are in Balance for some reason, so any first-hand evaluation of Legato's real-world readability (as nearly hopeless as that would be, especially for somebody like me who's so concerned with it) will have to wait.


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