Field Notes: Typography in National Post

The National Post uses a number of typefaces within the Miller family. Their headlines are primarily Miller Display Roman, Miller Display Light,and Miller Text Italic from what I can gather. Their type choices feel formal, but current, especially with their use of color. The body copy is easy to read, and I particularly enjoy their treatment of pull quotes, which feature a large, but faint set of quotation marks behind the text. Here are some examples of the many faces of Miller in action within the National Post:

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Additionally, National Post use a sans serif typeface I can’t quite identify. From what I can tell, it looks a lot like a variation of Futura with narrower apexes and vertexes, as well as angled ends of strokes. I looked up an anatomy of type cheat sheet to try and get that right, but I’m a little in over my head. Here’s an example (check out the “E” “T” and “W”):

Unidentified Sans serif typeface used in National Post:
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Futura (for comparison):

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Hopefully that clears up any confusion brought by my inability to properly articulate the difference there.
The National Post is liberal with their use of color and type, especially on the A1, to balance their often bold graphics. Another thing that strikes me as unique is their leading. Maybe U.S. papers do this as well, but I’ve noticed they overlap text fairly frequently, usually with primary headlines on A1 and section fronts. Here’s an example from today’s paper, which I’ve found to be pretty standard practice for them:

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At times, their variation in treatment of type feels a little frantic to me, particularly on their A1 and section fronts. Within the paper itself, I feel they more effectively use text variance to establish hierarchy because there simply aren’t as many varying elements. Overall it feels more organized and calm than the section fronts. Variance in weight, color, size, caps, direction, and typeface altogether makes focusing on any one typographical element challenging. I do wonder if this issue is more of a product of my reading it on a computer screen which has a much smaller dimension/feel/function than a broadsheet newspaper, but I think it’s worth noting. Here are two (small, but hopefully effective) examples, which feel a little chaotic to me. Notice the text flipped on its side, in particular.

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