The ITC Berkeley Old Style® font family was created in 1983 as a revival of Fredric Goudy’s custom California Old Style™ typeface, which was originally created specifically for the University of California Press at Berkley. It is a serif font with unusually elongated descenders and a uniquely light style.
ITC Berkeley Old Style History
In 1937, a friend of Frederic Goudy's asked the noted designer if he would draw a face for the exclusive use of the University of California Press at Berkeley. Goudy accepted the task gladly.
A little over a year later Goudy had produced the foundation for the new type family. He was pleased with his work; in fact, Goudy considered The University of California Old Style fonts to be among his favorite designs. Unfortunately for the graphic design community, the fonts remained the property of the university press and saw little use elsewhere.
In the early 1980s, ITC planned a revival of Goudy's California Old Style design. Aaron Burns, then president of the company, called Tony Stan and asked him if he would be willing to take on the project. Stan was a world-class type designer who knew a great design project when he saw it. He was delighted at the opportunity, and work on ITC Berkeley Oldstyle commenced (the name was chosen to pay tribute to the revival’s inspiration). Stan completed the design in 1983.
ITC Berkeley Oldstyle offers the flavor and dynamics of Goudy's original University of California Old Style without being a slavish copy. In fact, a close look reveals hints of several other Goudy designs in play: Kennerly, Goudy Oldstyle, Deepdene, and even a touch of Booklet Oldstyle.
The design is characterized by its calligraphic weight stress, smooth weight transitions, classic x-height and ample ascenders and descenders. These traits work together to create high levels of character legibility and a text color that is light and inviting.
Newly released is ITC Berkeley Olstyle Pro, in OpenType format. Now graphic communicators can work with this beautiful design while taking advantage of OpenType’s capabilities, including the automatic insertion of old style figures, ligatures and small caps. The new ITC Berkeley Oldstyle Pro fonts offer an extended character set supporting most Central European and many Eastern European languages, in addition to English.
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