Does anyone have any particular sans-serif text faces that they think are great for reading?
I've seen Scala Sans in print before and thought it worked really well. I know I'm generalizing here, but I've looked at other sans by Frutiger, as well as Unica for a recent project and they just didn't work in comparison to other serif choices. It makes me think that I'll always lean towards choosing a serif text face for mid to longform typesetting.
Maybe it's a bias in which I feel that serifs bring a more sophisticated sensibility to the printed word that is not achieved by sans? I'm sure this is all very subjective and dependent on context, but I just wanted to get some other designers thoughts on this.
And: Of course, some of them rather are ‘some-serifs’, or ‘stressed sans-serifs’, or ‘serifless romans’ …
There have been quite some additions since 2005/2008, but I hope it’s still a helpful start.
That’s like saying a leather foot shoe.
All alphabetic typefaces are potentially “great for reading”.
It’s how they’re chosen and set for a particular document that’s significant.
nb, “text” has a specific typographic meaning (think “text” as Unicode strings, as opposed to graphics files), “text faces” is an indiscriminate, vernacular usage, like calling typefaces fonts, because all faces with alphabets are text faces (as opposed to symbol faces).
When I used to sign on at the Jobcentre my only joy was looking at New Transport by A2 Type which I say worked well in digital and print ephemera.
Neuzeit Office I would suggest to have a look at.
As those listed above might not have what you are looking compared to Scala Sans, as Scala Sans personally to me, seems to have a comfortable readability with it's bigger apertures and counters. (correct me if I'm wrong)
Quadraat Sans might be an option.