Structural sans-serif with swash?

smrvl's picture

This may be a common question, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a structural sans-serif (like Gotham or Proxima Nova) that had an alternate character set with colorful swashes, like Caslon or Garamond do.

I frequently find myself wanting to set headlines in a strong, simple face and then dress up one or two letters; if I had such a font in my back pocket, I think it could happen. I'd appreciate any leads!

Andreas Stötzner's picture

The rather static nature of sans typefaces makes it tricky … but it’s an interesting idea. Do you think of alternate capitals or lowercase? Just alternate glyph shapes or elaborate swashy tails on it –?

J Weltin's picture

Does Aspect qualify?

smrvl's picture

Thank you, Andreas, J, and nina! I guess what I'm really looking for is something akin to a digitized Helvetica Flair.

I don't love working in Helvetica except for certain kinds of projects (and as far as I know, Helvetica Flair is both undigitized and somewhat unholy), so I just wondered if anyone had seen fit to make a good solid constructed sans-serif with confident, over-the-top swashes like those.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

I could help with something like this:

(rough scetch!)

smrvl's picture

Now that's what I'm talking about.

Andreas Stötzner's picture


But it’s not ready yet.

DrDoc's picture

In the meantime, though, you could try Estilo Script.

nina's picture

That looks promising! :)

Also, Brownstone might be interesting:

riccard0's picture

If you could settle for just lowercase*, Fox TRF offers some interesting shapes:

* Uppercase is plain.

smrvl's picture

Thank you all very much! Sorry for letting this thread sit for a few days. I appreciate all the suggestions. It's great to know what's out there.

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