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Looking to pick some brains on thoughts and choices for typefaces in the editorial environment. I don't post often here but have enjoyed other discussions in the past, so hoping to gather some opinions here.
I am currently redesigning a magazine. It is a monthly, full colour news print (printed tabloid format, around 60gsm, 64-72pp). Content wise, I'll keep it brief/nonspecific, but mainly features (interviews) and reviews across a wide cultural spectrum that includes music, art, film, theatre, comedy, lifestyle and even much more. Focus is on the cutting edge and local events. There is also a fairly large listings section.
Currently the typeface of choice is Neuzeit for everything (Headlines, body, footnotes, standfirsts etc) along with a tiny amount of Eagle (black for section tabs, light for pullquotes). I am a big fan of the classic grotesque faces such as Akzidenz and Neuzeit. But it is time for a change and address some practical issues. The main issue is space – I am often cramming content in, and having to reduce the body text tracking when typesetting, despite writers sticking to our current word counts. I know – change the word counts, but I'd rather not for various reasons.
What I am looking for is a sans serif typeface that will work well in it's condensed form. I recently used Univers condensed for a publication and it worked well at a small format (A5) but I find it 'too much' (i.e. not as easy on the eye) in large amounts. Okay, that may then apply to any condensed face, but a recent discovery of Bauer Neue (http://lineto.com/The+Fonts/Font+Categories/Text+Fonts/Brauer+Neue/) has been much to my liking, although it is pretty expensive. I like the slightly quirky character whilst retaining a certain formal, 'old school' grotesque demeanour. It also works well for both body and headlines (some may argue against body, but I think it works). Having stated my preferences, I am willing to consider a lot of things, even serif faces.
A final point to the considerations is that I may look at using two families – one typeface for features (where there is generally more room) and another for reviews, which must be condensed to help with frequent space issues. In which case, I am not sure whether to keep Neuzeit and find another, complimentary typeface. Eagle will go completely.
I appreciate your time on this.. and now your thoughts please!