Clarendon

Clarendon is a slab serif typeface originally designed by Robert Besley in 1845. It was the very first typeface to be patented, although the patent expired after three years so it was quickly copied by other foundries. Clarendon was commonly used on wanted posters of the American Old West so it can have somewhat of a classic, “old-timey” feel to it. The typeface is available in five weights—light, roman, heavy, bold and black—as well as condensed styles.

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Clarendon Specimen

Clarendon Type Specimen

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Literary Hub
Oct 20, 2015
Fonts — Futura, Caslon, Clarendon, Lato
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Global Wave Conference
Aug 22, 2015
Fonts — Veneer, Clarendon
Audience Ops
May 17, 2015
Fonts — Clarendon, Adelle Sans, DIN
Future Father
Oct 27, 2014
Fonts — Clarendon, Futura, Bookman
Shortstop
Sep 15, 2014
Fonts — Futura, Clarendon
Grinders Coffee
Jun 8, 2014
Cognition
Mar 16, 2014
Riley Cran
Jan 8, 2014
Fonts — Clarendon, Freight Sans, Adelle
Hello Monday
Dec 30, 2013
Fonts — Clarendon, Theinhardt
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