Great Pairs Revisited: Freight and Edward

The Great Pairs series started out on a whim, and turned out to be one of the things I most look forward to writing each week. Some have been rocky relationships, others, a natural fit, and with each I learn something. Just to pull out one of my favorites and offer a little postscript today, and since hardly anyone will be reading this anyway, here’s what I’ve come up with:

Great Pairs, in Edward and Freight

Freight, Edward styles

Dutch/American English/German: Freight and Edward

Here I look back at Joshua Darden’s Freight with Hendrik Weber’s Edward, and If I were to rewrite the piece today, I think I’d offer more suggestions on how to refine the pairing to achieve exactly the range one’s seeking. For example, if one wanted to take the text slightly more Dutch, I’d suggest Charles Gibbons’s Fleischman or Christian Schwartz’s Farnham. Tamer? James Todd’s Garvis. Wilder? Dino dos Santos’s Glosa. More British, perhaps William Berkson’s Williams Caslon with Matthew Carter’s Big Caslon, or Frantisek Storm’s Baskerville Original. If the sans needs adjusting here as well, Edward offers quite a lot of alternatives, for which we keep a running FontList. My advice as always is keep trying different approaches until something works. That’s all for this week. Have a great holiday. Another great pair will drop here on Wednesday.

One Comment

  1. Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:53 AM | Permalink

    I’m here, I’m reading! This further exploration of type nuance through example pairings is super helpful. Thanks also for the list of Gill Sans alternatives!

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