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Next up in our Collection FontFonts series we present our ‘Best Collection FontFonts for Editorial and Publishing’. Whether you’re looking for a fantastic font for your next bestselling book or a terrific typeface to match your message, here’s a look at our favorite Collection FontFonts for Editorial and Publishing and some hints and tips.
FF Wunderlich and FF Pitu and FF Stealth
FF Mach and FF BeoSans
Typefaces used in editorial design typically call attention to themselves, but they should not appear so individual that they overpower the message of the text. The selections that you make will become the voice of your publication: this is your opportunity to be unique.
When it comes to editorial design and publishing, design work is usually done on a tight deadline. Your publication’s designers probably work in a larger layout team. Everyone on board needs to be able to make do with the typefaces they have at hand, so be sure to make selections that will provide them versatility, right off the bat. Larger families with many weights and widths are a good start. If you don’t want to pick a superfamily, consider serif and sans serif typefaces that can combine well together on the same page.
In this area of graphic design, designers have the freedom to pick type that is a little more elegant than in many other applications. Remember what makes a typeface appear classic – this could be a great time to look through selections with ‘low’ x-heights, especially if your page layout has room for text with long ascenders and descenders. There are many different kinds of serifs, too. Take the opportunity to pick one whose form matches your message, be it elegant, sharp or soft.
Catch up on our previous intended use posts:
- Best Collection FontFonts for music and nightlife
- Best Collection FontFonts for sports
- Best Collection FontFonts for book text
- Best Collection FontFonts for logo, branding and corporate identity
- Best Collection FontFonts for advertising and packaging
- Best Collection FontFonts for festive occasions
- Best Collection FontFonts for small text
Photo: Marc Eckardt
The Wuppertal musician, instrument builder, graphic designer and type designer Hans Reichel suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in his studio last Tuesday. Designers and typographers know him as the creator of the popular Barmeno and the world-renowned FF Dax family. Other type designs by Reichel are FF Daxline, FF Sari, FF Schmalhans, and FF Routes.
Hans Reichel appeared on the type scene with his first design Barmeno, an idiosyncratic sans serif released in 1983 by Berthold. He would revisit this concept of a rounded spurless design in 1999 with FF Sari. Expanding on his original ideas he devised a more versatile and complete interpretation, with a wider range of weights and a comprehensive character set.
Although Barmeno and FF Sari enjoyed seizable success, Hans Reichel’s real breakthrough as a type designer came with the typographic powerhouse FF Dax. Slightly more angular and systematic than its predecessor, this immensely popular type family has become arguably one of the most used advertising faces worldwide since its release fifteen years ago. The FF Dax family was gradually augmented with compact, condensed and wide versions, and italics for all variants.
Also FF Dax was subsequently revisited. Seeing Akira Kobayashi’s lecture about Adrian Frutiger’s Avenir Next at TYPO Berlin 2004 inspired Hans Reichel to start working on FF Daxline. The improved proportions and decreased stress make it better suited for text use. Personally Reichel thought FF Daxline to be the better typeface – it is clearer, airier and more versatile. Reichel toyed with the idea of creating a condensed version, but wasn’t sure if he’d still be able to swing it at his “retirement age”. Sadly, now we will never know.
Through the music he created, through the instruments he built, and through the typefaces he designed Hans Reichel shone as a fiercely original voice. With the disappearance of this multitalented maverick artist the type and music world is left a little poorer, a little less wondrous.permalink