There’s something nice and earthy about Dan Reynolds’s Malabar with Peter Verheul’s Versa Sans. At size and set in a body, Malabar’s sparkle is made a quiet fire. Its rationalized posture and renaissance details, along with its tall x-height and eased fit produce a text face both sophisticated and grounded. Marrying this with Versa Sans, the slightly de-thorned model of its namesake Dutch humanist face, each takes on a nicely plainspoken quality.
Shown at the same size here, 8/12 pt, one can see how comparatively big on the body Malabar is.
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