Best match sans serif/Trajan

sponky's picture

Hi guys,
It's my first post! Congratulations, this forum it's so usefull and interesting.
Here's my question:
I'm working on an art catalog I was wondering wich kind of sans-serif font type could match with Trajan font.
The artist use trajan in his work and I would like to use it too in the book.

Looking forward your suggestion


Jongseong's picture

How do you envision using the Trajan and the sans serif? Trajan is all caps, so I'm guessing it's not for body copy. Maybe you want the sans serif for the body copy?

Take a look at Scala Sans or TheSans to see if they're something like what you want, and also check out fonts like Ambigue and Charlotte Sans.

sponky's picture

Hi jongseong,
I don't want to use Trajan for body but only for cover, title page and maybe some headlines.
Yes the sans serif is for body copy.

Thanks for suggestion.

Jongseong's picture

Yes the sans serif is for body copy.

I see. Mundo Sans and Kievit are also worth a look.

sponky's picture

Thank Again Jongseong,
I will probably use the Scala sans.


Thomas Phinney's picture

There's a new sans serif version of Trajan, called Trajan Sans. I blogged about it today:

Of course, it's caps (and small caps) only, so may not meet your needs.

charles ellertson's picture

FWIW, my go-to sans for setting text is TheSans, either semi-light or regular, depending on the weight you need.

In your position, I'd also take a close look at Quadraat sans.

brianskywalker's picture

Quadraat Sans is a nice option, I think the caps have classical (Trajan-like) proportions. I might use Absara Sans over that, though. It's got less of an attitude, and would let Trajan do it's monumental thing.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

The best trajanesque Sans out there is Lapidaria.

brianskywalker's picture

If you are using Lapidaria you may want to either avoid the Medior, or showcase them. If used properly it can make a great effect. (as long as it is pertinent, anyway)

eliason's picture

For completeness's sake, Roma is another Trajanesque sans that was released since the thread was first started.

Nick Shinn's picture

The lower case of all the types mentioned lacks the basic geometric construction of Trajan.
Of course, unless one goes down the Futura path, a nod must be made to the brush which underlies the Roman lapidary method, but that’s all.
Dwiggins’s Metro strikes the right balance — its capitals are remarkably faithful to the Trajan forms, and its lower case is geometric with just a hint of chirographic ductus.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

I don’t believe in the geometric construction of letters. Neither lowercase, nor uppercase.

If lowercase gets “constructed”, Futura or – worse – Avant Garde is the Result. This path has never been overly promising.

Roma is an interesting take, though I’d rather put it in the *Incised* category rather than in the sans, just like Robert Slimbach’s recent release.
However, the R of Roma disturbs me, the lowercase of it is an enigma to me.
B, E, R of Metro are not at all trajanesque to my eyes.

Another worthwhile recent sans is Trajana Sans. But for me, it’s again the R which proves to be tricky.

hrant's picture

> I don’t believe in the geometric construction of letters.

Me neither*. But I extend that to any arbitrary construction,
including the "grid" imposed by chirography; for example
the bowls of b/d/p/q being consistent in my view imposes an
arbitrary, hence dysfunctional, constraint. Note that just like
geometric forms need compensation to become typographic,
so do any chirographic forms (the "Z" is an obvious example).

* I like calling Futura "Fartura". :-)


Thomas Phinney's picture

Huh. I think my own Hypatia Sans works pretty well with Trajan. This may be in part because I very deliberately used the Trajan proportions for the capitals.

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