Dec 15, 2010

Designing with Caslon (Caslon Antique)

SOME WILL CALL CASLON THE FREEDOM FONT because it was the font of choice to typeset both The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America. For some thirty years prior to that day in 1776, Caslon was the printing standard of the British Empire. Unfortunately, Caslon’s creator, William Caslon I, passed away in 1766, and was unable to see his font in use for such magnificent purpose.

Those were exciting times of discovery, the beginnings of many traditions which found their roots in craftsmanship. Just as the New England silversmith Paul Revere would set the tradition of forging pewter “Jefferson” cups, Caslon’s insightful ability to craft beautiful letterforms grew out of his craft as metal engraver for (of all things) gun barrels! Caslon was born in 1722.

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