Marat and Marat Sans

Call me lazy, but sometimes I think it’s revealing to look at pairings where the faces are expressly made to work together. Today it’s Ludwig Übele’s Marat and Marat Sans.

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Pervading both designs but particularly visible in Marat [serif] is a certain speed of stroke that snaps at the terminals. Marat Sans is considerably more calm in this regard, though its exuberance is undeniable in its heavier weights. Rather than assuming the more common role as a tempering force in the pairing, the subtle mischief of Marat Sans’s forms only encourages its serifed companion’s playfulness.

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At text sizes, Marat reduces to a pleasant texture, setting economically on the line.

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That’s it. Great Pairs continues here Wednesday. Both Marat and Marat Sans are participating in this year’s March Madness.

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