Book design needs titling fonts
Creative Pro has a good article today about titling fonts. Book design needs titling fonts to make your chapter heads, section titles, and such much better looking, easier to read, and provide a more comfortable reading experience.
In general, titling fonts use letterspacing which is too tight to be used at body copy sizes. They are carefully crafted to be more elegant. And often they are condensed—though I usually don’t do that.
Book design needs titling fonts & Hackberry fonts has several
You can see Contenu Book Display above. The Librum Group has the Bream family. As mentioned, a titling font requires tighter letterspacing for use in larger sizes. Often, they are more elegant with stylistic adjustments which only work at larger sizes.
Abrect, one of my stand alone fonts, would be very hard to read at text sizes or in body copy. It works very well for display work and as a titling font for books.
My first font for the summer of 2009, Abrect is a sans serif font where I try to maximize the x-height and keep the design fresh and personal. It fits in with my continuing objective of designing book fonts that I can really use. Abrect is a tangent for me just taking an idea out to its end.
Arturo is an 8-font display family
It’s spaced far too tightly to work in the 9–12-point range of body copy. But for display work it is superb. I also love it for use in titling.
Arturo is a font family drawn from the original inspiration of an old alphabet in one of Dan Solo‘s Dover Clip Art books. It has moved far away from those raw roots, however. Every character has been redrawn. For example, I had a light version of the original design that I never could get working. So, Arturo started with that light style and renamed Arturo Book.
The name comes from a good friend of mine in El Paso. He was the guinea pig upon whom I foisted off the beginnings of this style so many years ago. I did several marketing pieces for him using the raw drawings. I figured that he deserved to have the family named after him, at the very least.