Caslon Doric Condensed Round Family
Rounded typefaces are one of the most distinctive genres of letterforms. With softened edges they appear less rigid and formal, instead having warmth, openness and even humour. It's an effect that can be applied to virtually any letter style, though it is the sans we most commonly associate with it, starting with Caslon’s pioneering Rounded from 1836. In the following years the effect became widely popular, particularly in the United States and Germany, where the rounding of the form was made easier with the routers used to make wood type. Inspired by large sizes of condensed rounded sans poster type, Designer Thomas Bouillet took Caslon Doric Condensed and rounded the terminals to make a welcome addition to the family. At its lightest the effect is subtle as the rounding is contained in a small area, but as the weight increases it becomes more and more noticeable, almost as though the letters are being inflated. At the heaviest weight, Black, the roundness is dramatic and obvious. Yet to have this roundness in such a confined space without filling in the inner spaces requires a subtle tweaking of form. With the dramatically angled italic, the sharpness of the normal form is replaced with a warm rounded glow. Though it can be used at smaller sizes, particularly the light and regular weights, Caslon Doric Rounded works best in large headline sizes where its qualities are most apparent.