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    Serif font that goes along with Proxima Nova

    Hi,

    I'm using a lot of Proxima Nova at the moment and I'd love to find a serif font for subtitles etc that goes along well with it.

    Proxima Nova:
    http://www.marksimonson.com/fonts/view/proxima-nova

    Any Ideas?

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    Baskerville MT



    Garamond

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    It depends on what you want to achieve really. Fonts like Proxima Nova have unmatched x-height among serifs, so I think you should go with a typeface which would provide strong and natural contrast with the round, smooth curves of Proxima.

    ITC Galliard maybe?

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    I don't think there's one definitive answer. It really depends on a context — is it a book, magazine, historical manuscript? That would narrow it down tremendously.

    Considering it's a rather new design sitting in between grotesque/geometric types, I'd go with something similarly newer and sturdy — eg. Fedra (Typotheque), Chaparral (Adobe), Archer (HFJ), Lyon (Commercial Type) or Mercury (HFJ).

    Good luck!

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    I second the Lyons suggestion. Also look at Tiempos Text by Klim.

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    Garamond I see fine

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    Garamond Premier Pro, works perfectly with most humanist sans serif.

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    While context is always key, I find that Typewolf is pretty good as a starting point for f suggesting complimentary combinations of fonts.

    For example:

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    Good luck

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    +1 to Tiempos, it's a very nice pairing.

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    Lyon is a great font

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    It depends on the overall tone of your particular project, and also how you are using Proxima Nova.

    For example, I find when using it in caps that it is incredibly versatile and balanced, and incredibly neutral. So if I'm only using it in caps in my type system, I find I can pair it with a very wide variety of serifs, based on the style I'm going for.

    But if you use it with the lowercase, it's actually a pretty wide typeface with a really high x-height. It's really quite fat. So you'd want to pair it with serifs that don't feel too tight, and maybe also reflect some of its qualities.

    I actually paired Proxima Nova with Century Schoolbook for my thesis. I used mainly Promixa in caps, but Century Schoolbook also has a tall x-height. I was going for a particular vaguely mid century, kinda rustic look so I wouldn't recommend Century Schoolbook as Proxima's pair for most things, but it IS a pairing that works.

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