Austin Text

Although Austin was first designed for the expressive display typography of a fashion magazine, Paul Barnes had long wanted to augment the display face with a text version that would be more faithful to the original types cut by Richard Austin in the late 18th century for the printer John Bell, that had inspired the family in the first place. The result is a highly personable text face firmly in the English tradition. While Austin has a slightly narrow proportion, Austin Text matches the comfortable proportions of Austin’s text faces, and the elegance of his italics. The italics have the same set of swashes as the display, and the romans feature small capitals.