# Sans-serif to go with EB Garamond (no math)?

Suggestions for a good sans-serif font to go with (compliment) EB Garamond? Math and non-Western European support are not required. Text is fiction, not academic or scientific. English with an occasional word or phrase in French.

I'm using LuaLaTeX from TexLive 2013 on Windows 7 but that should not matter.

Too many choices, too little time.

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Like adding a skyscraper in the background of Monna Lisa. ;-) Seriously, EB Garamond is a baroque era font, and I'd never use a sans serif font along with it. Welcome to TeX.SX! I'm certain you'll get answers, but not from me on this topic. ;-) –  egreg Jun 28 at 15:15
Excellent point! –  Bill Meahan Jun 28 at 15:59
Not even baroque but renaissance, to be accurate, so one epoch earlier. –  georgd Jul 1 at 8:29

Assuming the usage will be for headers or elements like folios, my choice would be Optima, which has a classical structure and so won't clash too much. If that's not to your liking, Syntax is a choice advocated on Typophile for this sort of thing, but its higher x-height would require some scaling down.

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If you don't mind an organic sans serif, you could use Linux Biolinum which is part of the libertine package; Libertine is a more modern (but still classical) typeface than Garamond, but the pairing still works rather well in my opinion (and if you want to pair a Garalde typeface with a sans serif, you probably don't care that much about period accuracy) -- although I wouldn't use bold sans (a double anachronism) for headers:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[sf,scale=0.95]{libertine} % sets biolinum as sf only
\usepackage{ebgaramond}
\begin{document}
\section*{\sffamily\mdseries Lorem Ipsum Redux}
Cras viverra metus rhoncus sem. \textsf{Nulla et lectus vestibulum} urna fringilla ultrices.
\end{document}


The current libertine package automatically uses otf by loading fontspec if the document is compiled using xelatex or lualatex, but the above works using pdflatex as well.

If you prefer a more classical sans serif, or really would like to use bold sans, you can try Pablo Impallari's Quattrocento Sans:

\usepackage[sf,scaled=0.9]{quattrocento}
...
\section*{\sffamily Lorem Ipsum Redux}


I think the typeface is okay for headings even in bold, but too wide to use in the text body.

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