Sans pairing for Californian FB

pablohoney77's picture

Hey i'm putting together my r

eomine's picture

Yeah, Legacy Sans was my first thought too.
You could also try Eureka Sans or Sebastian.

pablohoney77's picture

Good call! Legacy almost feels like Gill (another sans i was toying with but didn't thing was quite right) with the quirks ironed out. It feels, too, like Optima but more in line with the flavor of Californian. Thnx for yer help guys!

pablohoney77's picture

before i spend the money, does anyone know if there's a huge difference between the Agfa and E&F versions?

pablohoney77's picture

and the best prices too. i checked both itc and myfonts and neither of them came close to fontshop's $79 for the whole shebang. what a deal!

pablohoney77's picture

i was actully hoping you'd weigh in tiff. but you gotta give me a better suggestion!

pablohoney77's picture

I only have what came with Office XP

pablohoney77's picture

tiff, i'm still waiting for a suggestion from you! ;^)
surely you must be thinking of something!

pablohoney77's picture

wow! thnx for the suggestions and the trouble, tiffany. good thing you didn't see my resume with goudy sans for headings

pablohoney77's picture

> Tiff, do you think Scala Sans would be any better than Legacy? or still too friendly? >

pablohoney77's picture

The most important thing to think about is that this represents you and your own style
very true. i think i'm overanalyzing now and so it's all starting to feel irrelevant.
Personaly I think Legacy is a good match for Californaian, but i'd agree a bit too friendly and maybe more humanistic feeling than i want for a resume.
Originally I was thinking Gill caps, and tho i love Gill, i think it's a bit too quirky again for a resume.
Now i'm thinking Scala Sans Bold SC. I'll agree that for my purposes i want something with a very small amount of modulation. So before i commit... any other ideas to consider?
;^)

pablohoney77's picture

Well if that's it, thanks for yer help Stephen and Tiffany! 'preciate ya.

jim_rimmer's picture

I'm so happy that Franklin Gothic was suggested. I have a fondness for it that goes beyond any natural state. Grew accustomed to Franklin as a reliable plowhorse and have never outgrown the love of it.

I would also like to see it paired with other versions of "Californian". Lanston has the face in the works from his patterns as you all now know from another thread.

Good on ya, Tiffany!

jim Rimmer

ruberic's picture

Nearly any plain-spoken and sober, bold-sans would pair well with ITC Berkley or Californian.
I thought Franklin Gothic was a good, compatable suggestion. Try Spartan or Futura bold, too.
I also like Penumbra MM for the job. You can go with a plain sans (725 BD 0 SA) or with a subtle spur serif (725 BD 150 FS).

marcox's picture

I've had success pairing Californian with Monotype Grotesque. MT Grot's complete lack of pretension played well against the slightly ornate Californian.

Stephen Coles's picture

Love Californian - nice choice. Maybe Legacy Sans.
The Medium SC might fit especially well with Cal or
try Ultra for contrast.

Stephen Coles's picture

I think the main differences are in naming schemes rather than
quality or design. So I'd go with the ITC or Agfa packages which
are much cheaper at $79.

Buy from FontShop for the best support.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Am I too late? [wink,wink] Legacy Sans is nice, but doesn't the casual contrast go against the the elegant contrast in Californian?

Miss Tiffany's picture

which weights/varieties of Californian have you licensed?

Stephen Coles's picture

"doesn't the casual contrast go against the the elegant contrast in Californian?"

Not sure what you mean here, Tiff. Could you rephrase?

Stephen Coles's picture

FB Californian was installed with Office XP? I think you might be
looking at something else.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Paul, can you post a sample of it for us?

Miss Tiffany's picture

Yes. Good question. What were you saying Miss Tiffany? Uhmm. Let's see. Legacy Sans is too friendly for Californian. IMO. I shoulda just said that to begin with. It seems to call too much attention to itself. Californian is very beautiful, but I think it needs a sans that contrast with it more.

Stephen Coles's picture

Wow - I humbly withdraw my skepticism. Looks like FB Californian
is bundled with some MS products.

I stand by the Legacy Sans pairing, though.

Miss Tiffany's picture

ok. my first gut would have been franklin gothic. i used to have a client that i paired berkeley with franklin and i liked how it worked. but i played with it for you. if you really want flavor you might look at anisette (see sample below).



i don't have anything against legacy as a typeface. it is very nice. i simply think it is too casual (a) for a resume, and (b) to pair with californian.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Maybe using the word elegant was too easy. Elegant is Bickham script. For a serif (so-called) bookface, Californian is pretty elegant. But it is also not un-friendly. I simply think that it needs something with no (or hardly any) contrast. Sorry. I took this thought home with me last night. The most important thing to think about is that this represents you and your own style, not mine. Tell us what you think about these pairings. It doesn't do you (or me) any good to simply accept what I show you. (and besides it could be a good conversation).

I don't have the black weight of scala so I don't know. A few other ideas below:



last minute thought:

Stephen Coles's picture

I think what these samples show is that most of these sans work
well with Californian. What changes with your selection is the
overall feeling of the document. So really, it comes down to what
attitude Paul wants to portray. If it's "classy yet comfy" I still
think Legacy fills the bill. But so does Scala and Meta.

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