Serif typeface with personality needed

4tm's picture

As the title says...
Let me explain what I mean: I need the elegance of a serif font that will be used for titling on very large formats. So I want to have some innovative elements, to add more personality.
Take a look at the attached image. Is the Didot Elder by Optimo. I was tempted to use this one, just because the small "g" and some caps are very interesting, but some serifs are a litte "diabolic" (look at the "s" and "z").
Maybe can you suggest me another serif typeface with cool personality?

clauses's picture

Try Jean François Porchez's Ambroise

4tm's picture

thank you, but too vert/horz contrasted for my purpose. is very similar to didot elder without the devilish elements. i'm ready to consider other style also.

writingdesigning's picture

Tribute could be an option. DTL Paradox is probably less distinctive in comparison, but still may be worth looking at.

4tm's picture

tribute is a good serif font. there is something of more original?

jupiterboy's picture

Have a look at Hercules. The reg. is nice and thin but the text version has a good heavy feel and no quirky details. Very short descenders. Maybe not enough personality for you.

4tm's picture

I'm actually trying to manually edit curves from an existing font. I think my meaning of original is hard to describe. When finished done i'll post some screenshot.
So far, thank you to anyone.

Stephen Coles's picture

I feel exactly the same as you do about Didot Elder. I knew the arrow serifs would prevent it from being widely used. Ambroise is really your best alternative.

Quincunx's picture

Leitura Display and Freight Big and/or Display are pretty good (understatement).

4tm's picture

Thank you to everyone, so far.
I'm currently working to preview of my work.
Feedback expected :)

jayyy's picture

What about Trajan?

TypoPT's picture

4tm, due to your first Didot Typeface preference, I´ve tried Didot from H&FJ ... What do you think?



Bald Condensed's picture

Eidetic Neo has deliciously quirky details and a remarkable italic.

Jui's picture

What about that one:

Andrade Pro from DSType

4tm's picture

@ TypoPT: I take Didot Elder because his "strange" glyphs, and I was searching for something that could be original in the same way, but not devilish. Plain version of Didot is interesting but not so original...

Andrade Pro is awesome. I think all of DSTYPE are awesome.

By the way, I manually edited a font to create some original serif, and you can see it now :

jupiterboy's picture

Almost forgot Perla.

Dan Weaver's picture

You might use a lot of "g's" but "z's". look at the big picture the characters you will most use.

TypoPT's picture

4tm, you are right about DSType, Dino dos Santos is a portuguese typographer, so i know quite well his work! He has lot a sucess here at PT.
Your "manual" exercise is almost there ... see again the "n", i think you must "condense it" a little more! But its just my eyes! :))

cfig's picture

I used Eplica for a project a little while back and really liked it.

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