Alisal and Recta

Today we look at the pairing of Matthew Carter’s Alisal with Aldo Novarese’s Recta (digitization by Canada Type).


Recta, also known as the “Italian Helvetica,” distinguishes itself from others in its class mainly by the dynamism of its character widths. Its forms give the appearance of geometric construction, while maintaining contours full of nuanced touches. What first drew me to Alisal was the forceful nature of its italic, a spare and linear updating of the Italian Renaissance hands that influenced the first italic typefaces. Note the fine details, such as the swelled terminals of the brackets and parentheses.
Working with each other, Alisal and Recta give one another sufficient opposition in structure, while retaining a strong sense of stylistic compatibility.

Great Pairs continues here Wednesday.

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