Looking for lively sans-serif fonts with relatively short x-heights
Iâ€™m looking for a sans-serif font that I can pair with Bembo Book.
Iâ€™ve tried quite a few so far, and itâ€™s pretty clear that the sans-serif needs to have a cap height to x-height ratio similar to Bembo Book (otherwise it just looks ungainly by comparison), and a vaguely calligraphic influence too, or at least some contrast between thick and thin lines (otherwise it colours the page differently, and looks quite stark.)
I canâ€™t find any sans-serif that satisfies both those requirements. Does any exist? It can be a paid font.
The Optima Family seems to fit the bill pretty well. Variable width strokes, similar cap height to lc ratio, and a large variety of weights to choose from. I hope this helps.