The New Archer Meets Its Match. Several of Them, Actually.

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Hoefler & Co. just released some new weights of Archer: Black, Extra Black and Ultra. They’re thick. They’re heavy. And the italic styles are quite beautiful. I especially like the contrast between the heavy block serifs of the Ultra Italic with the curvilinear forms within the letters.

What can you pair with Ultra Italic? Most light weight san serifs and many serifs. Why? Because it is so darn heavy that almost anything forms a contrast to it. There are some suggested pairings on the H & Co. web site, but, of course, these only include typefaces from Hoefler & Co. Here are some other ideas:

 

The San Serifs:

Archer Ultra + Proxima Nova

Archer Ultra Italic + Proxima Nova

Archer Ultra Italic + Gill Sans

Archer Ultra Italic + Gill Sans Regular

Archer Ultra Italic + Avenir

Archer Ultra Italic + Avenir

 

The Serifs

Archer Ultra Italic + Miller Text

Archer Ultra Italic + Miller Text

Archer Ultra Italic + Didot

Archer Ultra Italic + Didot

SabonItalic_archerUltraItal

Archer Ultra Italic + Sabon Italic

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