Sans/Display pairings for TEFF Lexicon No. 2 and FB Proforma

gmd's picture

Long time lurker, first-time poster!

I have been asked to provide some input on font selection and overall design for a prospectus-type publication for an architecture & design research centre.

The preferred text faces are either TEFF's Lexicon No. 2 or Font Bureau's Proforma, the main challenge now is to make a choice regarding the selection of a suitable font for the 'secondary' text elements (headings, subs, captions etc...) - preferably a sans-serif.

Images and graphic materials will form a large component of the overall content, although there will also be substantial bodies of text. The proposed size is around A5-ish, to enable easy and economical postage, and as a result some of the text blocks may be set at quite small sizes (6-7pt).

Any suggestions with regard to either text or sans/display fonts would be most welcome (although the preferences for Lexicon and Proforma come from above!).

Please excuse the mangling of the typographic language for I am just a simple architect - but a passionate typophile!


Grant Dunlop

vwcruisn's picture

i have used FB's Amplitude with nice results in setting heads in a book in combination with Proforma.

John Nolan's picture

One question you'll have to ask yourself is whether you want harmony or contrast from your pairings.
If harmony, Productus is the sans Petr Van Blockland designed as a companion for Proforma.

gmd's picture


Thank you for suggestion about FB Amplitude. I have tried to take a look at the FB site a couple of times this morning and it seems to be offline - I will persist.


With regards to contrast and harmony, that's a tricky one. It is easier (I think) to develop a harmonious solution, especially with pairing Proforma with Productus. But it may be a touch too close (brother/sister!), perhaps a cousin or strange aunt/uncle would be more interesting!

Contrast? Much harder to well and with a degree of subtlety and consideration. Have looked at Process Types Locator/Locator Display - but not sure how well that one works...

My apologies to the forum moderator for the multiple post - received error messages and re-posted. Please delete the redundant posts.



John Nolan's picture

I'd also have a look at FF Unit, and possibly DTL Prokyon.

hrant's picture

Proforma/Amplitude sounds great to me. I wouldn't use Lexicon for an architecture firm (unless you specialize in "organic"-looking stuff, I guess).


gmd's picture


I had a look at FF Unit and it seems as though it would sit quite well against Proforma. DTL Prokyon, I'm not so sure about that one - just worried about the letterforms grabbing too much attention sometimes.


Managed to have a look at FB Amplitude and printed out the PDF samples. I just don't like the letterforms of groteques? and find the optical/printing adjustment of the stroke junctions to be distracting.

I do agree with your point regarding Lexicon and feel that Proforma would be more appropriate.



Stephen Coles's picture

I have tried to take a look at the FB site a couple of times this morning and it seems to be offline.

You can also see/buy Amplitude at FontShop.

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