Caslon

Caslon is a family of serif typefaces that made it to my list of interesting fonts simply because I think it is beautiful.

What does Caslon look like?

There are many versions of Caslon. This is Caslon 540 BT.

Caslon 540 BT typeface example

These are variations of Caslon Pro.

Caslon Pro Regular

Caslon Pro Regular

Caslon Pro Italic

Caslon Pro Italic

Caslon Pro Semibold

Caslon Pro Semibold

Caslon Pro Semibold Italic

Caslon Pro Semibold Italic

Caslon Pro Bold

Caslon Pro Bold

Caslon Pro Bold Italic

Caslon Pro Bold Italic

What do you use Caslon for?

Caslon is a good font for body text. It is used quite a lot in magazines, journals, books or as a corporate typeface.

The history of Caslon

William Caslon I was an English gunsmith and designer of typefaces. Around 1720 he created an extended set of serif typefaces. These, as well as all of their consecutive revivals, are referred to as Caslon. Among those revivals are two Adobe versions, called Adobe Caslon (1990) and Adobe Caslon Pro (which includes an extended character set). ITC and a number of other foundries also made typefaces that either are pretty close to the originals or loosely based on them.

Trivia

Benjamin Franklin was not only a scientist and one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. He was also a printer and he liked the fonts made by William Caslon so much that he hardly ever used any other typeface.

Other sources of information

There is a Wikipedia page which lists the various versions of Caslon out there. For font lovers, the Typophile wiki is probably a more interesting read.

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9 May 2017

2 responses to “Caslon”

  1. Julian Adams says:

    I’m a family historian, of sorts. When choosing a font for reproduction of a very old newspaper article in our family book, I chose Caslon because it seemed to be a font that might have been used by newspapers some years ago. I suppose I wasn’t too wrong. I think it’s a beautiful font, too.

  2. ndawulastephen says:

    iam intersted in aeira letters 14 points a set say A’s 20 pieces in caps and 20 lowers in that order how much can be the order

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