Frame Collection

Designed for Rapha by Paul Barnes, inspired by the work of William Caslon I and in particular his Great Primer (cut in 1734), a face that owes much to the Dutch masters of the 17th century. Coming in four weights, it has separate versions for text and headlines, and is also available as a variable font with axes for weight and optical size. The family has a large x-height and reduced descenders, and its serifs are simple in structure, with minimal tapering and an overall sharpness also reflected in the sharp lines of ball terminals. The italic has both the steepness and regularity of angle that is seen in some of Caslon’s work, making it characterful without being distracting. Paul was assisted by Dan Milne and Thomas Bouillet.