A font to fall back on in a rush.

oprion's picture

Do you have a favorite font to fall back on when doing a rush job, and you need things to just snap into place without much trial and fiddling? Personally, I find Caslon to have a strange, almost magical ability to set and harmonize the page with very little effort on my part. I find that it works for both titling and body, sports a large character set, handsome smallcaps, and lovely italics.
If the rush job calls for a serif, I usually go with either Univers or Myriad, but these never set without some fiddling and polish.

Thomas Phinney's picture

Which Caslon?

oprion's picture

Adobe Caslon Pro
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Si_Daniels's picture

If in doubt?

>If the rush job calls for a serif, I usually go with either Univers or Myriad

Those would be sans fonts :-)

russellm's picture

Those would be sans fonts :-)

There's a little rebel in all of us, si.


oprion's picture

"Those would be sans fonts :-)"

There goes my credibility :)
Note to self -- Read before you post dammit!

So, do you guys have a set of favorite fall-back fonts?
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mondoB's picture

My pick for the serif font that works perfectly everywhere is Linotype Sabon with oldstyle figures. You'll find it on wall displays in museums and well as in their catalogs, in slick magazines, in annual reports--it's as close to perfection as any. And Linotype's Sabon Next, tho overpriced, gives additional weights missing from the original.

For book design, it's either Sabon or Janson--both work in books every single time.

Though it has few fans here, Stone Serif is my personal workhorse, including my own stationery. Warnock and ITC New Baskerville are good too. Galliard would be great here too except the italics are just too fussy, tho not everybody minds that.

blank's picture

Univers, Sabon.

charles ellertson's picture

It would seem to me that the answer to this question is a font you're familiar with and know how to use. In short, the answer lies in the designer & his/her experience, not some magical property of particular typefaces.

For example, I used Linotron 202 Sabon for years., Could always get it to work. Never could get PostScript Type 1 Sabon to work. And Sabon Next doesn't look at all like "Sabon" to me, which just shows a difference between me & mondoB.

David Rault's picture

Baskerville, Utopia, Garamond - Helvetica, FF Meta, Gotham, Avenir.

.. and I just realized that my answer is not actually true, because your question is way too open.


DrDoc's picture

I don't do anything that could remotely be considered professional design, but whenever I have a project for which I don't have any sort of inspiration of what typefaces to use, I generally fall back on Myriad and Minion.

Though I feel like I would be a big Meta and Meta Serif proponent if I weren't a poor college student and could afford them (or if my school's computers had them).

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