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Looking for lively sans-serif fonts with relatively short x-heights


Question

I’m looking for a sans-serif font that I can pair with Bembo Book.

I’ve tried quite a few so far, and it’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 can’t find any sans-serif that satisfies both those requirements. Does any exist? It can be a paid font.

Bembo Font

2015/10/24
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10/24/2015 8:08:00 AM

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.

2015/05/26
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5/26/2015 12:52:00 PM