Good font to set text written in the Latin language?

Eric Kelsey's picture

Can anyone recommend some good fonts to use to set some text written in the Latin language.

riccard0's picture

Any roman-inspired serif font.
That said, two suggestions of academic heritage:
http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=gentium
http://junicode.sourceforge.net/

Eric Kelsey's picture

Thanks for the advice!

Andreas Stötzner's picture

@ riccard0: I’m really dissapointed about your suggestions. Not very typophile.

riccard0's picture

@Andreas: I know. I should have asked more infos in order to give a better answer based on context.
That said, what are your typophilic suggestions?

Andreas Stötzner's picture

Well … pffhhh h h h …
The initial question is rather stupid, actually. It’s like asking “anyone knowing good places to go on holiday?"
Perhaps, the only possible answer is “Yes”.

;-)

Eric Kelsey's picture

@ Andreas: You are a prick

JuliusFernie's picture

Not very typophile, andreas

Miss Tiffany's picture

Let's stop while we're all ahead.

The original question isn't stupid. It is just a little vague. Eric, a little more project information would be helpful. :)

hrant's picture

Actually it's a very interesting question.* Do you worry only about caps? What about the "U" and "J"? Do you worry about the font featuring common Latin-language or Roman-era contractions, etc.? Most of all I would work the angle that Latin uses far fewer letters that have extenders in the lc. So maybe something with a highly varied x-height region, to help along readability? Unless you're shooting for what Latin text is famous for: aesthetic regularity. Unless unless you're being even more aesthetically-minded and you'd like cuspy-cupped serifs... Like I said, an interesting question.

* Maybe Andreas thought Erik meant Latin-script as opposed
to Latin language? Which would indeed be a dumb question,
although still not deserving Andreas's reaction.

hhp

Eric Kelsey's picture

Sorry for my response everyone.

To be more specific,I was asked some advice on choosing a font to set a phrase of text written in the Latin language. Translated to English, the phrase means *Fortune favors the bold.* I am not sure how to say the phrase in Latin.

My main concern is cultural consideration. Should I choose a font from a particular historical era? Maybe a font created by a designer from a certain country? That is the type of stuff I would like to know.

hrant's picture

Well, I guess maximal cultural authenticity would require all-caps setting in an epigraphic font*; subbing "V" for "U" and "I" for "J"; and using a triangular midpoint instead of wordspaces. But the reader can never be ignored, so the "culture" of the user has to be factored in.

* Hopefully not Trajan. Maybe La Gioconda by Farey & Dawson.

What's the context?

hhp

Eric Kelsey's picture

A good friend of mine is considering getting this as a tattoo. I just want to help him do the research and make sure he doesn't get something he will regret this. I guess he mostly cares about having it look cool since no one will be able to understand it besides him anyway.

I have also been trying to learn more about fonts lately and not just choose a font because it looks nice, or it's popular. I am currently reading *The Elements of Typographic Style* by Robert Bringhurst. I figure by the time I am done reading it I will be more of an expert on fonts and typography. I am relatively young and I have just recently graduated from going to school for Graphic Design.

hrant's picture

I don't know about "expert" just so easily :-) but Bringhurst
is certainly a great start: http://typophile.com/node/15349

Tattoo, eh? Where is it going? Because the proportions of the space will be a major design constraint. For example if it's around the arm you want something narrow letterforms.

hhp

nina's picture

Font-wise, Jupiter might also be worth a look – it comes in multiple widths and has some tattoo-worthy alternates.

Eric Kelsey's picture

@ hrant: Haha, maybe not expert :) I'm not sure where the tattoo is going, but that is a good thing to consider.

@riccardo: Good call looking at Wikipedia.

@ altaira: Good suggestion. The alternatives are beautiful, I especially like the long *R* and *Q*.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

My answer has been snobbish, I’m terribly sorry for that.
(At least, it seems to have caused some clarification of the matter in question. That for the pr…)

Eric Kelsey's picture

LOL, I suppose the conversation did get going :)

Sorry Andreas. Hopefully no hard feelings.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

Let’s forget about it.

dl's picture

Here's interesting info on Latin-style type:

http://guindo.pntic.mec.es/~jmag0042/LATIN_PALEOGRAPHY.pdf

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