The Clarendon BT™ family is a careful revival of the original 18th century design. The reimagined family has all the personality of the first Clarendon while, at the same time, remarkably legible and suitable to a wide range of projects and imaging devices.
History of the Typeface
About the Designer
Benjamin Fox was a type designer and punch cutter for the Fann Street Foundry. He was also a partner in the foundry with Robert Besley. It is generally believed that Fox based the Clarendon design on a popular serif text typeface of the time – and “simply” made it bolder.
The Clarendon design benefits from the three pillars of typeface legibility: big features, restrained design characteristics and distinctive character shapes. Its large lowercase x-height, open counters sturdy serifs all aid in establishing high levels of legibility. In addition, stroke weight changes of Clarendon’s characters are subtle; and its serifs, while robust, are not overly elongated, or distracting. To round out its positive traits, individual letters, such as the a, c, g and t, underwrite character legibility.
Clarendon BT Pro OpenType® fonts enable the support popular of Central and Eastern European languages and their typographic features include ligatures, diagonal fractions, superscript/subscript and case-sensitive forms. The full-bodied design traits, open spacing, and even color of Clarendon also enable it to overcome marginal printing conditions and modest resolution imaging environments. Its serifs, which aid readability, are not compromised at small sizes and the design’s subtle modulation of stroke weights and large x-height take full advantage of pixel real estate.
Clarendon is a design made for large textual and a diversity of display content. Headlines, subheads and captions in books, periodicals, catalogs, brochures and advertising copy are natural environments for the Clarendon family. Its large proportions, strong serifs and simple character shapes also enable the family to perform well in a wide range of digital, on-screen applications. In addition, Clarendon is available in five weights from light to black and benefits from two condensed designs. While there are no italic versions, this has not hindered the design’s versatility over the years.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
The Fonts.com Web Fonts license provides access to a selection of fonts for use on websites for use with CSS@font-face. Font delivery from our global network is available through all subscriptions – even our free plan. Some plans include the option to self-host, access to desktop fonts, and use of our FontExplorer X font manager and Typecast design application. The price of a plan is determined by its pageview allowance and other features included.View the Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription license agreement
Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
An electronic publication license can be used for the embedding of fonts into electronic documents including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers. A license covers only a single title but is valid for the full operating life of that title. Every issue of an e-magazine, e-newspaper or other form of e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication. Format variations do not count as separate publications. If a publication is updated and distributed to existing users, a new license is not required. However, updated versions issued to new customers are defined as new publications and require a separate license.Learn more about licenses for eBooks
Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses