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I intend to use MVB Embarcadero for a personal Atlas/Cartography-related project. It will be a kind of alternative mapping, but I want it to in style reference conventional atlases/maps, yet give it a new direction. Embarcadero is the base font but I would like to use a serif next to it, for contrast. I will probably use it both for labeling and some (short) text, so it should hold up well on a busier background. In common Atlases there often is a combination of Helvetica/Clarendon or Venus/Rhoemisch. I like this kind of modern/classical pairing but as I said I want to make my own new interpretation of it.
I've been looking at fonts like Century (too conventional), Walbaum (too thin), Charter (nice, but does it combine well?) and URW Latino (too little contrast)...