Combining Caslon and Graphik?

ultramartin's picture

Hi all,
I do not always have an intuitive eye for these things, and so I figured I'd be better off if I turn to you guys for advice. Here's the thought process I have been through so far with picking fonts for an upcoming magazine design:

I have been looking at a magazine where they have (in my opinion) beautifully combined lineto's Replica and what I think is Matthew Carter's Miller. Because of budgeting limitations, I started out thinking I could maybe try to replace Miller with Adobe Caslon. That's the first question, I guess: What do you guys think of such a replacement?

Then I started looking at Replica versus Schwartz’s Graphik. I want a sans-serif I can use both for headings and for body text. Would Graphik work for that? And would it combine with Caslon, or is this just outrageous?

Nick Shinn's picture

If you intend to use a serif typeface for headlines, you will limit your design options if there is no size-specific (optically scaled) display version available.

ultramartin's picture

I was thinking mostly that I would use the sans-serif for headings. And I will also use the sans-serif for body text. And then other places I will use the serif for body text.

You're suggesting, Nick, that if I want to use the serif for headlines, then Miller will give me more design options than Caslon, right?

Nick Shinn's picture

Adobe Caslon, certainly. But there are many other Caslons, several of which have display cuts.

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

Sounds like a good combination to me.
In case you don't need a lot of different weights for the sans you can also try the rather inexpensive Neuzeit S.

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