Today’s pairing is Juliet Shen’s Bullen with David Berlow’s Rhode Wide.
We’re really just looking at one small part of the larger Rhode family, which draws from American gothic wood type. Bullen is likewise an synthesis of several ATF faces, each chosen for its quirks. In spite of its quirks, Bullen produces an immensely readable result.
Together, the pair is possessive of a kind of charm that comes from a carefully controlled clumsiness. Rhode Wide emphasizes Bullen’s economical fit.
Great Pairs continues here next week.