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Anyone seen a book well-set in Constantia?
(I like it ... but will it bring MS too strongly to mind?)
I haven’t seen it but I’m pretty sure it would look great.
...but will it bring MS too strongly to mind?
I doubt it, as it doesn't have the exposure of say Cambria. I think John Berry has set a book in it. I'll point him over here.
Here's one on Google books (searched for "typeset in constantia").
Not bad … set with MS Word …
John Berry recently used it very successfully as a book face. Typographers whom I respect tell me that it is very readable and sets easily.
Pity they didn't turn the kerning on.
Yes, I designed and typeset the interior of a book in Constantia recently: Shambling Towards Hiroshima, a short novel by James Morrow (San Francisco: Tachyon Publications, 2009). I was a bit surprised at how well the typeface fit the story; I was a little worried that Constantia might look a little too elegant for that particular text, but when I tried it out, it worked wonderfully. It even held up as I created an unusually spacious text block (because the book was so short). I was pleased to have an opportunity to put Constantia to use as a book face; I had previously used Cambria, for a very different book, and that worked well, too. The OpenType features (used in InDesign) made production infinitely easier than using a non-OT font would have been.
I haven't seen the printed book yet; it should be out very soon.
Thanks. That gives me the courage to go ahead with it.
The OT features are indeed wonderful.
John (Berry), now that you mention it Constantia seems like a great fit
for an orient-themed book (assuming the title in indicative). Good call.