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Unison: Premiéra and JAF Bernini Sans

It wasn’t too many weeks back that I made a comment about pairing sanses and serifs in unison. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for a pair that really demonstrated the principle well.

Bernina Sans Premiéra

Tim Ahrens’s JAF Bernini Sans and Thomas Gabriel’s Premiéra seem to strike just the right balance for a humanist sans and humanist serif to agree on everything, but still keeping it interesting. Bernina Sans is shown above; half of the well-developed and, might I say, modestly priced superfamily.

Premiéra, Bernina Sans Premiéra, Bernini Sans Bernini Sans, Premiéra


Exploring the range of JAF Bernini Sans’s distinct personalities throughout its various widths and weights, one can take as cool or warm a tone as is desired. And while Premiéra’s options appear to be limited (it contains just Book, Italic, and Bold weights) the face is one of the few that actually works in both text and display settings. One of the nice features of a pairing like this is that either voice can take lead.

Premiéra, Bernina Sans

That’s it for now. Catch another great pair here on Wednesday.

Typographic Countdown — 2 Days ’til 2012

As you make your preparations for New Year’s Eve, we invite you to think about one. The numeral one, 1, started out as a single horizontal stroke. Beginning around the 4th century in India, the stroke gradually raised to a vertical mark, with a small loop at the top. When finally introduced into western society, the similarity to the Roman numeral, I, led those who did the integrating to adhere serifs to the base and top.

Premiéra Book by Thomas Gabriel uses its wedge-shaped serifs to fix itself firmly to the baseline.