Adobe Caslon Pro

What better way to end the week than with a new font to add to your library?  Fonts are your friends, and on Fridays it’s important to spend time with your friends.

In my book, A Heritage to Follow: Lucius Clark, I had to choose a font, and it was a bit of a toss up.  At the end of the book I explain the decision:

One of the most logical choices of fonts for this book would have been Century Schoolbook since it was designed for educational purposes, released in 1919 (with bold and italic versions released by 1923) precisely during the years Lucius was teaching. But Century Schoolbook takes up more space than what I wanted to use, and I don’t believe it works well at larger sized (chapter titles) or with numbers (0123456789).

So, the font used in this book is Adobe Caslon Pro. It’s become so well known and versatile that in Stephen Coles, The Anatomy of Type he relates the popular mantra, “when in doubt, use Caslon.” While there isn’t much variation in this book, italics and bold faces are used at different points and I believe Caslon has a cleaner expressiveness and consistency through these variations than many other font choices.

Lucius was a man who prided himself on good penmanship, so I wanted him to have a font designed by a master penman, William Caslon. Caslon’s font was first released in 1725. Among my favorite features are the swooping tail of the capital Q and the fact that the capital J extends below text line. While these aren’t very common letters they add character to the text in this book when they do appear. I smile when I see them because I feel they’re playfully doing a magic trick with the rest of the letters watching.

I may not have caught all the typos, but I did select the best type!

Download Adobe Caslon Pro here.  I’ll let your conscience dictate how you pay for it.  If you’re currently paying for a Creative Cloud subscription, you already have.

Google’s Product Sans Font

What better way to end the week than with a new font to add to your library?  Fonts are your friends, and on Fridays it’s important to spend time with your friends.

In earlier posts we’ve covered Google’s Roboto and Apple’s San Francisco.  Both were released in 2015, and both seemed to be each company’s answer to the fact that our fonts weren’t designed for screens.  Apple has continued for the last several years with their San Francisco font, but Google has opted to continue development.

This year they’ve released a new font, Product Sans.  Released is a bit of a loose term.  Google is known for paying the licensing fees for many fonts and releasing the fonts on their websites free for use and download.  Loading fonts quickly helps websites load faster and improve response time.  So Google giving away their fonts allows you and I to read more pages and in turn help Google increase its advertising space.

Product Sans is not one of those fonts.  As of writing this the official response from the company is:

“Google offers many fonts under open source licenses. This is not one of them. Please see Google Fonts for options you can use.”

That doesn’t mean we can’t say it’s nice and that actually doesn’t stop you from downloading it.  It just stops you from officially downloading it.

So if you feel like doing something a bit unofficial, please use the link above and enjoy adding a new and beautiful font to your library.

Roboto

What better way to end the week than with a new font to add to your library?  Fonts are your friends, and on Fridays it’s important to spend time with your friends.

The Roboto font family was released in 2015 the same year as Apple’s San Francisco font, but of course it wasn’t Apple releasing it.  It was Google.  Roboto is the font designed for Android… That is until they decided to change it (that’s a hint at a future p81deb5bf-a50d-47a5-b882-964ede6ab2ffost).  It’s available on Google’s online office suite and available for download.

My personal preference is towards the thinner weight versions of the font.  I find them hinting at a level of sophistication and elegance.

Highly recommend giving it a download today and have a go at it.

San Francisco

Among the newer fonts in my inventory is Apple’s San Francisco which is the default font on iOS devices and the new MacBook keyboards.  This font replaced Helvetica Neue as Apple’s default font and for good reason.  @Kadavy breaks down the improved performance on screens as well as other aspects of the font in his post soon after the font was introduced.

I’m not observant enough to see all the subtle design differences, but I am observant enough to know it looks good and to know where to download it.  Apple has released both variants to this font and their respective weights for free on GitHub.  I’d highly recommend adding it to your library today.