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Libre Caslon Text and Display

For elegant titles and vivid body text.

1734 Caslon Specimen

The Libre Caslon fonts are unique Caslons. They are different to all other Caslons out there.
When we were faced with the challenge of making a new Caslon, we asked ourselves:
How can we make them different to all other revivals and bring something new to the table?

We realized that most Caslon revivals were based on 18th century type, and that there was a whole genre of Caslons that has been so far ignored: The alluring hand-lettered American Caslons of 1960s.

This was a captivating subject to investigate. Caslon was the very first alphabet that lettering artists learned to draw, so they all were very familiar with it. Quoting Larry Ottino: “If the beginner learns the basic principals of form and proportion contained in the Caslon alphabet he will find that he has the base for learning of any alphabet”.

How to Render Roman Letter Forms by Tommy Thompson, Photo-Lettering 979 Basic Alphabets & Lettering for Advertising by Mortimer Leach

Many vintage ads featuring handlettered Caslons

Our wonder led us to find countless examples of beautifully crafted handlettered Caslon renderings, and many lettering tutorial books. Among those many books there were two that outshine the rest: One is “Lettering for Advertising” by Mortimer Leach, and the other one is “How to Render Roman Letter Forms” by Tommy Thompson. Both of these books are excelent, highly recommended for all those who want to learn lettering. Photo-Lettering had Saul Haput's Casoni and Headliners International had Hawthorne in a full range of styles.

So, insted of making just another revival of the types of William Caslon, we preffered to pay homage to the 60s lettering artists. Absorbing from the collected references we created two size-specific cuts so it shines in both Display and Text settings. And basically that's how Libre Caslon became different to all other digital caslons out there (Not better or worse, just different.)

Size-specific Fonts

Size-specific fonts share a similar design, but each cut has different proportions tailored to different roles.

Libre Caslon Display is for big headlines:
It's the one you see up there in the titles.
It lends a distinguished style to all your headlines.

Libre Caslon Display Open Type features:

  • 20 ligatures

  • Automatic short L and T that gets used according
    to the context

  • Alternate uppercase A (ss01)

  • Lining Proportional Numbers (Default style).

  • Old Style Prortional Numbers.

  • Inferiors, Superiors, Numerators, Denominators.

  • Fractions.

  • Ordinals.

Libre Caslon Text is for body copy:
It's the one you've been reading, set at 16px/1.6em.
It comes in 3 styles: Regular, Italic and Bold.

Libre Caslon Text also Open Type features:

  • 17 ligatures on the Regular styles,
    and 20 ligatures on the Italic styles

  • Lining Proportional Numbers (Default style).

  • Lining Tabular Numbers and punctuation.

  • Old Style Prortional Numbers.

  • Inferiors, Superiors, Numerators, Denominators.

  • Fractions.

  • Ordinals.

  • The italic style includes an alternate Ampersand (ss01)

By Pablo Impallari and Rodrigo Fuenzalida.

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Pro Language Coverage!

Libre Caslon covers 103 Latin Languages:
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bislama, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Comorian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino/Tagalog, Finnish, Flemish, French, Gaelic (Irish / Manx / Scottish), Gagauz, German, Gikuyu, Gilbertese/Kiribati, Greenlandic, Guarani, Haitian_Creole, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igo/Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Javanese, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luba/Ciluba/Kasai, Luxembourgish, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Marquesan, Marshallese, Moldovan/Moldovian/Romanian, Montenegrin, Nauruan, Ndebele, Norwegian, Oromo, Palauan/Belauan, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Sami, Samoan, Sango, Serbian, Sesotho, Setswana/Sitswana/Tswana, Seychellois_Creole, SiSwati/Swati/Swazi, Silesian, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sorbian, Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tahitian, Tetum, Tok_Pisin, Tongan, Tsonga, Tswana, Tuareg/Berber, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvaluan, Uzbek/Usbek, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu.

Revivals:

  • Libre Baskerville 3 Styles
  • Libre Bodoni 4 Styles
  • Libre Caslon 4 Styles
  • Libre Clarendon 26 Styles, comming soon!
  • Libre Franklin 18 Styles

Script:

Sans:

  • Amiko 3 Styles
  • Cabin 8 Styles
  • Cabin Condensed 4 Styles
  • Dosis 7 Styles
  • Encode Sans 45 Styles
  • Quattrocento Sans 4 Styles
  • Racing Sans
  • Raleway Family 18 Styles

Serif:

Display:

  • Cabin Sketch 2 Styles
  • Cantora
  • Caveat 2 Styles
  • Caveat Brush
  • Clement Numbers
  • Hermeneus
  • Life Savers 3 Styles
  • Milonga
  • Miltonian 3 Styles
  • New Rocker
  • Poetsen
  • Raleway Dots
  • Ranchers
  • Sniglet 2 Styles