Scala Sans

Hello! I'd like to know your opinion, please!

Is Scala Sans a good typeface for running text (body text)? (even thought its typographic colour seems a little "dark" and similar to Gill Sans, in my humble opinion)

I really mean the sans version, not the serif one! (not Scala)

And if it is good for running text, which typeface could be a good companion for it? (another sans, maybe for display headlines on a magazine?)

I know there is a controversy mixing a sans serif with other sans serif, but I've seen it in use and it could work, sometimes, I guess?

What do you people think? (maybe Scala Sans with TheSans or Scala Sans with DIN?)

Thanks for your feedback!

Matheus D.'s picture

It looks like Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art uses it in their MCA magazine, is it right?

brianskywalker's picture

Yes, Scala Sans can be a good text face. For titling, as you mentioned, you might try Luc(as) de Groot's Thesis Sans (or TheSans), especially the bolder weights, which will give a slightly different flavor to the headlines. Fred Smeijer's Quadraat Sans might be interesting, but I've never seen them paired like that, so the best option in that case would be to try it. :)

If you're really going for some contrast, you might try Typotheque's Klimax, either Plus or Minus (or both), which will give you some very bold or light weights, respectively.

Mixing type is really very subjective, especially within genres like sans, but it can make a design. But it really depends. What are you using it for?

Matheus D.'s picture

My project is a magazine about design-related stuff, but actually, it's a magazine that wants to be a book. It must feel a little bit "classy" and "elegant", but without the serifs. The format is square, 24,6 x 24,6 cm. It is a magazine, but I want it to approach more the language of a book than of a magazine. It is not a "popular" magazine at all!

I'll have a look at both Quadraat Sans and Klimax! (is Klimax available for licensing?)

Thanks so much for your feedback, Brian! I never thought it was so complex to design a magazine that wants to be a book!

Matheus D.'s picture

I loved Quadraat Sans "spiked" capitals! They look great! Is there any similar sans for headlines with such "spiked" capitals? But I didn't like the lower case "a", for example. In this case, I prefer the lowercases from "Thesis TheSans"! If only they had those "spiked"-like capitals!

But it must all combine with Scala Sans...

brianskywalker's picture

I've seen sans serifs with similar "spikes" on them, or perhaps you could call them overhangs... But I can't remember any of their names! I think Quadraat Sans would match very well for titling with Scala as text, they see to have some kind of similar structure. The best way to see is to try it! If you don't have Quadraat then you could probably go on fontshop or myfonts, or some similar site and type some example text and set it as large as you can, then go ahead and copy it and paste it onto your page. Print it out and see if it's good. You could also post a test here...

As far as it goes, I think Quadraat Sans lends an air similar to that of a classic serif, but without the serifs. I don't know that it is necessarily elegant, but it just might work.

Klimax is available for license from Typotheque. Also available from Typotheque is Brioni Sans, which may also work well. Or you could use DIN. I personally am intrigued with pairing Scala Sans with Quadraat Sans, but it could look great with any number of fonts I'm sure. :)

Also, just curious, did you get inspiration for your original type selection idea from Ellen Lupton's Thinking With Type book? She used Scala for text, and Thesis Serif (TheSerif) for most headlines. Of course those are serif and not sans fonts, but the sans versions are probably similarly compatible.

Also, if you're going for classy and elegant, you could break the sans only rule and use serifs a little. :)

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