Chronicle, a “blended Scotch.”

A vigorous hybrid of time-honored forms and contemporary design strategies, Chronicle Text is a new suite of high-performance text faces that brings strength and utility to the classic serif.

Seriffed text faces are often casually grouped into two major divisions: wholehearted Old Styles, which vaguely reference their calligraphic origins, and steely Moderns, whose highly rational designs aspire to mathematical precision. Old Styles are prized for their warmth, which they achieve through heavily bracketed serifs and a policy of planned inconsistencies (an Old Style’s lowercase c and o are thickest in different places, for example.) Moderns produce the opposite result — a detached, elegant simplicity — and, crucially for both typefounders and designers, their forms naturally invite endless variation in weight and width.

Bridging these extremes is the Transitional style, which combines the energy and ardor of Old Styles with the sobriety and adaptability of Moderns. The most functional and enduring subspecies of Transitional is the Scotch, a form of typeface originating at the end of the eighteenth century, and associated with Scottish typefounders Alexander Wilson and William Miller. The opening of the Binny & Ronaldson foundry in Philadelphia, begun by Scottish émigrés Archibald Binny and James Ronaldson in 1796, helped establish the style in the United States, where it has since remained a fundamental part of the modern typographic vocabulary. Some of the twentieth century’s most significant designs are tributes to the Scotch style, including W. A. Dwiggins’ interpretive Caledonia (1938), and Matthew Carter’s definitive anthology Miller (1997).

The Style Revisited

Nineteenth century Scotch faces enjoyed early popularity among book printers, but the rise of industrialized newspaper publishing quickly revealed their limitations. Delicate hairlines and serifs vanished under thin ink, low quality paper, and ruthless presses that operated at breakneck speeds. Signature details, like the pipe-shaped tail on the capital R and lowercase a, became traps for ink and pulp — a problem that plagued every lowercase letter in the dainty Scotch italic. The faces that were gutsy and smart when carefully printed were undone by the slightest variables: underinked they became dour, overinked they felt sluggish.

Beginning in 2002, we revisited the Scotch style with the goal of producing two families of fonts: a text face that would withstand the effects of different kinds of media, and a display face that would unlock the potential of the Scotch style to support a broad range of weights and widths. The result is Chronicle Text, a series of hard-working text faces produced in four press-sensitive “grades”, and Chronicle Display, an abundant collection of 46 display faces that includes three different widths, six different weights, and versions for two different sizes — each in both roman and italic.

Chronicle ScreenSmart: High-Performance Webfonts

Chronicle ScreenSmart is an adaptation of the family specifically engineered for the screen, and available for use on the web through Cloud.typography. To ensure outstanding rendering on screen at sizes as small as nine pixels, we carefully adjusted the fonts’ fit, color, and proportions, and orchestrated their progression of weights so that each style is distinctly different from its neighbors. Like all ScreenSmart fonts, Chronicle ScreenSmart is equipped with a set of detailed instructions called “hints,” which tell its outlines how to adapt themselves to pixel grids at different point sizes, to ensure that the fonts always retain both their legibility and their personality.

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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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