Efficiency in all things.

Not merely designed for newsprint, Chronicle was designed for the news column, that impossibly cramped environment where space is always at a premium. Chronicle takes every opportunity to make the most of the space available — here’s how.

Chronicle Text: Maximal Lowercase

Maximal Lowercase

Every typeface designed for small sizes begins with a large x-height, which helps a font feel bigger than it really is. Where Chronicle differs from most newspaper faces is in its ascenders and descenders: many fonts truncate these forms, rather than allowing their shapes to help define the lowercase.

Chronicle Text: Cap Height

Minimal Caps

Chronicle uncouples the height of the ascenders from the size of the caps, and introduces more compact capitals that help economize on space. As an added benefit, abbreviations set in ALL CAPS merge more seamlessly with the text, a useful advantage for older typesetting systems that aren’t equipped to handle true small caps.

Chronicle Text: Cap Width

Efficient Widths

Even many classic newspaper faces have sprawling capitals (Times Roman, despite its popularity, has some of the worst.) Chronicle’s capitals have been made as discreet as possible in order to look less conspicuous on the printed page — an especially important feature when setting news stories that are filled with proper names.

Chronicle Text: Figure Height

Compact Figures

In traditional book typography, old-style figures are encouraged as the standard accompaniment for upper- and lowercase text. But in a modern journalistic setting, old-style figures look pretentious. For Chronicle, we’ve drawn the more conventional lining figures, but provided them at a reduced size that’s more visually sympathetic with the lowercase.

Chronicle Text: Simplified Forms

Simplified Forms

Italics with nineteenth century roots customarily have dainty serifs that are drawn close to the body of the letter. However attractive, this motif can quickly become troublesome at small sizes, especially under uncertain press conditions. By turning these gestures outward, Chronicle quiets the natural fussiness of italics, helping to reduce collisions between letters, and inviting tighter tracking for improved justification.

Chronicle Text: Balanced Strokes

Balanced Strokes

Chronicle’s staunchly extroverted “exit trails” are balanced by angular "flag serifs," which correspond directly to the shape of the roman lowercase, and further emphasize the horizontal flow of the line. Offsetting both of these bold gestures is a simple stem, whose shape has been flared in order to bring a balancing weight into this third corner of the letter. Chronicle’s consistent use of flared strokes helps produce an even texture at text sizes.

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    Grades. Because type reacts to paper, Chronicle has been produced in four different “grades” to give designers total control over their media.

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    Efficiency. With the hardscrabble environment of the newspaper column in mind, Chronicle has been designed to be as space-efficient as possible.

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    Range. Chronicle’s family tree was carefully planned with actual editorial uses in mind, uses which helped shape the design of its italics, small caps, and boldface.

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    Numerics. For tables and charts, each of Chronicle’s styles offers a companion “Numeric” range that contains tabular figures and fractions.

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    Symbols. Chronicle contains a wealth of special characters, from directional arrows and pointing fists to ballot boxes and suits of cards.

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    Language Support. Chronicle Text features our Latin-X™ character set, covering more than 140 languages throughout the world — including all of Central Europe.

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