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My favorite chapter in The Elements of Typographic Style might be Choosing and Combining Type. Bringhurst shows us that several typeface combinations (by designer, family, weight, style) work very well, and explains why. It’s fascinating. The only thing I’ve seen that comes close to this online are the teasers beneath some of Hoefler & Frere-Jones’ typefaces. I can’t get enough of these thumbnails. I wish each suggested combination had its own full specimen (alas, they just send you over to the other typeface).
Maybe combinations fascinate me because they encourage critique of typeface form, color, and nuance. When done thoughtfully, as in the cases of Bringhurst and H&FJ, specimens like these can teach, empower, and elate.
Nice Web Type readers know that I have recently called for more thoughtful critique of typeset text on the web. Examining combinations of web type is a good way to start.
Nice Web Type likes Graublau Sans with Lucida
To borrow H&FJ’s excellent phrase, “H&FJ suggests,” The inaugural web type specimen/review here at Nice Web Type pairs a versatile web favorite, Lucida sanserif, with one of the first (of many) typefaces available for
@font-face linking online: Graublau Sans. View and download the specimen, and enjoy this typeface combination thoroughly. It seems to me both practical and sharp.
If your browser doesn’t support
@font-face, you can view this screenshot of the rendered page.
Instructions for putting it together
Toward the bottom of the specimen page, there’s a step-by-step list of things to download. When you’ve gathered everything you need, organize your files like this:
/Graublau Sans Web /css /reset.css /960.css /text-graublau-sans-web.css /GraublauWeb.otf /GraublauWebBold.otf /images /steel.png /watermark.png /index.html
See that file,
text-graublau-sans-web.css? That’s part of the zipped HTML + CSS. Use that instead of the
text.css file that comes with 960.gs.
That’s all there is to it. If you do try this combination out, or use it in a project, comment here about your experience. I’m sure other readers would love real-world feedback too.