A 17th-century font in a 21st-century thesis

The author expresses dissatisfaction with digital fonts such as Caslon and Garamond, finding them too uniform and lacking the handcrafted look of old letterpress typefaces. They discuss the Founder’s Caslon font by Justin Howes as a faithful digital reproduction of letterpress typefaces. The author then delves into their own journey of seeking to emulate letterpress printing in their PhD dissertation, ultimately using the Fell types as the basis for their typographic design. They highlight the unique characteristics of the Fell types, such as the inconsistent x-height, ragged baseline, and varying serifs. The author also discusses their adjustments to spacing and glyph shapes to achieve their personal typographic ideal.


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