matching serif to Brauer Neue

shessler's picture


I'm in need of help with some matching for a booklet I'm designing. I'm trying to figure out a good serif to match with Brauer Neue from Electrosmog. I've gone through most I could think of on my list but nothing is really spot on. I would of course like a serif with oldstyle figures and small caps since it's a heck of a lot of text. Because of the height and the rounded corners of Brauer, a lot of classical serifs (Caslon etc) don't work. Garamond looks a bit too fiddly and Baskerville just lacks character. There is a nice Swedish font called Berling but it does not have oldstyle numbers and SC. Any advice folks?


Simon, London

Florian Hardwig's picture

Hi Simon,

check Berling Nova, complete with small caps, osf and extra sc figures. There even are semi caps aswell, although they don’t seem to be included in the Linotype version.

Nick Shinn's picture

There are a lot of contemporary serif faces that are somewhat condensed and have a large x-height, such as my own Pratt Pro.

Failing that kind of proportional matching, you could go for matching the "ink gain" (assuming that's what the roundedness of Brauer signifies) with a "chubby" face such as Dolly or in a more oldstyle vein, my own Paradigm Pro. A more offbeat rounded partner for Brauer: Souvenir.

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