Goudy Oldstyle: Adobe vs. LTC

msilverz's picture

I've taken over the job of typesetting an online academic journal. Past papers were set in the version of Goudy Oldstyle from Adobe. I was thinking of upgrading to the Lanston Type Collection (P22) version of this typeface, in part because it contains a more complete glyph set (e.g., it includes a full complement of superscript figures).

I've never used any LTC fonts, though, and I wanted to get some input before investing in one of them. Are they generally regarded as well-made and well-produced fonts?

I was also wondering whether switching to the LTC version will create a noticeably different look for the journal. I know that there will be subtle differences between the two versions, but I want to preserve a sense of continuity. That is, I don't want it to be obvious to readers that I've switched fonts. Does anyone know how different the two versions are? (I can't think of a good way to test this without buying the LTC fonts.)

I'm just an amateur, and any input from more experienced typophiles would be greatly appreciated!

Matty

William Berkson's picture

I don't have the font, but I think the longer descenders that Goudy originally wanted, particularly the g, are a distinct improvement to most versions.

paul d hunt's picture

I can’t think of a good way to test this without buying the LTC fonts.

you can always try contacting the foundry and giving them this info and see if they will let you try out the fonts. not saying this always works (as a general rule), but some say it can.

msilverz's picture

I don’t have the font, but I think the longer descenders that Goudy originally wanted, particularly the g, are a distinct improvement to most versions.

And it is the LTC version that includes the longer descenders, right?

Gary Long's picture

I have LTC Deepdene (like LTC Goudy, now owned by P22) and it has quite a few glitches in the outlines that I would not expect in a professionally produced font. If I were buying an LTC font again, I would demand the foundry allow me to test it first.

William Berkson's picture

Yes, the web site says that the LTC open type version includes the longer descenders.

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