Chiswell

modern transitional antiqua

Chiswell, being a modern antiqua for use in books and magazines, is the most developed result of my type design ambitions. It is inspired by types from the 17th and 18th century, especially the designs of Johann Michael Fleischmann (1701–1768) and William Caslon (1692–1766).

Its name derives from the street where Caslon was running his own foundry. Chiswell features many baroque details, such as wedge-shaped head-serifs and beaks, while broad serifs give a feeling of stability. The overall appearance was smoothed by gentle serif brackets and stout terminals.