Type Essays

FF Milo Serif sets series of Schuyler bibles

September 24, 2015 by
David Sudweeks
David Sudweeks

2K/Denmark was approached by the Virginia-based Schuyler Bible Publishers (pronounced Sky-ler) in early 2013 regarding the design of a luxury line of bibles in several English translations. The designers established the appropriate tone with Mike Abbink’s FF Milo® Serif handling the text and its sans complement FF Milo serving a navigational role in the page headers and footnotes.

As I mentioned in a previous article on space saving fonts — with long texts you quickly begin to see how the choice of typeface is not only aesthetic or stylistic in nature, but also one of function. A piece designed to offer a comfortable reading experience must take into account type size, overall page count (a quite large or heavy book would not be very comfortable), and clearly the proportional relationship between these two.

Aside from its compact fit and warm texture, FF Milo Serif’s pronounced apertures and generous x-height help it appear larger than other typefaces set at the same size. This symmetry of comfort and economy lands explicit mention, “11 pt Milo font,” in each bible’s product description page. The inclusion has caused other bible publishers to take note of the typeface as well. Schuyler’s Quentel series includes the NASB (New American Standard Bible) and ESV (English Standard Version), with plans to release an NKJV (New King James Version) near the end of the year, and finally the King James Version at some point in 2016. Here’s more on the design process from 2K/Denmark.

[All photos](https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/103136131168621518435/albums/5959534540167165809?sort=1) provided by Schuyler.
All photos provided by Schuyler.

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