Jessica Viscius is a designer based in Chicago and New York. After stints at VSA Partners and General Assemb.ly she is now Senior Graphic Designer at Pitchfork Media. I enjoy her minimalist and functional portfolio site, which is set entirely in the fashionably antique Romana (Bitstream’s version). Based on French Oldstyle type originating in the mid-1800s, fonts in this genre were issued by various foundries and known as Elzevir (France), Roemisch, Romanisch, Romaans or Romana (Germany, Holland, Switzerland). The Bitstream Romana used here — likely from Haas, Trennert, and Ludwig & Mayer — is an early 1900s German interpretation of Gustav Schroeder’s De Vinne (Central/ATF, 1892).
The only thing about the font that doesn’t work on Viscius’ site is the faux italic (below). This omission is understandable — none of the digital Romanas include an italic. (If you’re willing to venture further afield there are more complete families in reinterpretations such as the De Vinne revival Denver or the more distant relatives Superior Title and Gza.) Without a true italic at hand, I’d consider styling titles with a bold weight, color, another typeface, or quotemarks.