Long a favorite of typographers and lovers of type, Caslon has always held a position of importance. Benjamin Franklin admired Caslon; which may account for why both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were first printed in this typestyle. George Bernard Shaw, another famous lover of type, insisted that all his works be typeset in Caslon.
Over 280 years old, Caslon is a typeface of remarkable durability. It is also the oldest typeface for which the original matrices are still available. This milestone typeface has also been successfully reimagined, interpreted, and revived probably more than any other design. Clearly the most popular of these is the ITC Caslon No. 224™ design, which sits at number 8 on last month’s Fonts.com Top 100 Web fonts list – and is the first serif typeface on the list.
“Long a favorite of typographers and lovers of type, Caslon has always held a position of importance.”
Drawn by Ed Benguiat, it is also one of his favorite designs. “I’ve always admired the work of William Caslon. I think of him as one of my mentors,” he recalls. “When Aaron Burns asked if I wanted to draw an updated version, I took the plunge. My design is a transitional translation of the original metal design. I use it a lot.” So do a lot of other people.