Unison: Premiéra and JAF Bernini Sans

It wasn’t too many weeks back that I made a comment about pairing sanses and serifs in unison. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for a pair that really demonstrated the principle well.

Bernina Sans Premiéra

Tim Ahrens’s JAF Bernini Sans and Thomas Gabriel’s Premiéra seem to strike just the right balance for a humanist sans and humanist serif to agree on everything, but still keeping it interesting. Bernina Sans is shown above; half of the well-developed and, might I say, modestly priced superfamily.

Premiéra, Bernina Sans Premiéra, Bernini Sans Bernini Sans, Premiéra


Exploring the range of JAF Bernini Sans’s distinct personalities throughout its various widths and weights, one can take as cool or warm a tone as is desired. And while Premiéra’s options appear to be limited (it contains just Book, Italic, and Bold weights) the face is one of the few that actually works in both text and display settings. One of the nice features of a pairing like this is that either voice can take lead.

Premiéra, Bernina Sans

That’s it for now. Catch another great pair here on Wednesday.


  1. Posted December 5, 2012 at 10:38 PM | Permalink

    Nice pairing!

    Spotted a typo on both this article and on the fontshop buying page. Sometimes it’s written Bernini and sometime Bernina.

  2. Posted December 6, 2012 at 7:59 AM | Permalink

    Thanks @lettersfromswe. I should explain that better in the post. JAF Bernini Sans is the umbrella term for both Bernina Sans and Bernino Sans. Each of the two sanses have their own distinct feeling.

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