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Countdown: G

It won’t be long now. Today’s letter is G, set in Tim Ahrens and Shoko Mugikura’s JAF Domus Titling, a softened sans with Imperial Rome’s inscriptional letter proportions.

G, set in JAF Domus Titling


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.

JAF Bernini Sans

The JAF Bernini Sans Superfamily is one of those collections that’s easy to overlook. On the outside, it’s a refined humanist sans (in two distinct styles) that speaks plainly and walks in dignified fashion across the page. But the subtle loveliness and thoughtfulness with which the type sets and makes use of common yet little-known features is what caught my eye. These details above all show the experience of its designer, Tim Ahrens, in working with text.

For example, how often do you come across an all-small-caps acronym within text whose presence appears too greatly diminished? Or an ALL CAPS setting that draws too much attention to itself? In the Bernini Sans Superfamily, the designer takes advantage of the ‘All Caps’ case feature (Shift+Command+K in InDesign) to set caps at sized and spaced just right to solve this common problem.

The superfamily comes in two variants—the cool humanist JAF Bernino Sans, and the friendly, slightly warmer JAF Bernina Sans. Each comes in five weights across four widths: Regular, Narrow, Condensed and Compressed. Companion italics span the Regular width only.

As a special introductory offer, get the entire set or individual weights at half off through September.