Sans Serif Text face with true italics

Giovanni Jubert's picture


I am looking for a sans serif typeface that has real italics, and a "feeling" similar to Din or Gotham. Basically something that is very readable and allows enough richness in a page that combines regular and italics. It needs not to have a strong presence of itself due to subject. For book on Aids.

Recomendations are most welcome.
Thank you,


Stephen Coles's picture

Is there a reason DIN or Gotham doesn't work for you?

Nick Shinn's picture

A non-humanist sans, but one with an italic that doesn't follow the "sloped roman" principle.
Figgins Sans.

Giovanni Jubert's picture

Thanks for the answers.

Stephen, Gotham would work, but Din doesn't have, to my taste, true italics, neither true small caps.
I have considered Klavika, and will check on the other suggestions.
Thank you.

Giovanni Jubert's picture

If it was a humanist sans, what would be a good choice?

Nick Shinn's picture

There are hundreds. The tall FontFont specimen book is a good place to look.
Your original criteria (at least, as I understood it) was quite purposeful.
Where does Figgins fall short for you?

Giovanni Jubert's picture

Nick. Figgins does not fall short at all. It actually exceeds my needs. A beautiful font, but for this particular project, i think the italic feels too texturized, rhythmic. What turns me out of it it is that it feels to masculine for this project, on the regular style, and too playful on the italic characters. I think i need something more contained, specially to fit the taste of my two clients and subject.
All this comment are made with my deepest respect. Hope you find the too.

I am in the tries in between Gotham and Whitney. I am not thrilled by Gotham's italics for this job, preferring Whitney's.

Graham McArthur's picture

That is a nice typeface Mark. I particularly like the condensed light italic. Good stuff.

Nick Shinn's picture

Thanks for the feedback Giovanni.

Mark Simonson's picture

Thanks, Graham.

Giovanni Jubert's picture

Thank you Nick both for suggestion and follow-ups.

Mark, great suggestion. Will consider with detail, as for what I see now, it is a very close match, and great font.

rubenDmarkes's picture

Conduit, which was already mentioned, and Aaux come to mind as DIN lookalikes with italics.

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