Supported Languages

Afrikaans Albanian Catalan Czech Danish Dutch English Estonian Finnish Italian Norwegian Portugese Slovak Slovenian Spanisch Swedish Zulu

Besley* font preview


Besley* Book

Besley* Book font

Besley* Book Italic

Besley* Book Italic font

Besley* Medium

Besley* Medium font

Besley* Medium Italic

Besley* Medium Italic font

Besley* Bold

Besley* Bold font

Besley* Bold Italic

Besley* Bold Italic font

Besley* Fatface

Besley* Fatface font

Besley* Fatface Italic

Besley* Fatface Italic font
It started with a need...

Besley* started with a need for a good, versatile, and affordable antique slab serif font. One with italics and a bold that actually was bold. One that would look good on screen and in print. An antique slab serif that didn’t have weird and gimmicky irregularities. A font that is at once welcoming and approachable, while remaining trustworthy and sturdy. Something timeless, that feels of-the-time. A font that is immediately familiar, while providing subtle surprises. A font that just functions, without having to work hard. The font I was looking for was Besley*.


The Design Process

Robert Besley’s Clarendon
Besley* is an antique slab serif, meaning it features larger, sturdier serifs, while retaining a traditional stroke width variance. Besley* is named after Robert Besley, creator of Clarendon. Clarendon is in many ways the defining antique slab serif, and its popularity is easy to understand. Clarendon’s letterforms are big, bold, and loud. Clarendon is recognizable on WANTED posters and US National Park signage.

Limitations of a Century + Old Design
Clarendon is also over 100 years old, and limited in its design and capabilities. Its wide and bold letterforms are compelling at large sizes, but impossible to read easily at text sizes. It was designed for use on metal type, which results in compromise letter forms, like its flattened f and inelegant kerning. Clarendon was never designed with a complementary italic, and retroactive attempts have all fallen short. Digitization of metal type also compromise design integrity by forcing digitizers to make aesthetic decisions, such as the rounding of corners.

Creating a Modern Classic
The design process of Besley* started with looking at what works with Clarendon and maintaining those assets, while expanding design and functionality. In order to maintain a sturdy and heavy weighting, while adding text-size readability, wide capitals are used alongside appropriately widthed lowercase letters. To make Besley* render well on screens, a larger x-height was chosen. The medium weight of Besley* is bolder than typical fonts of the digital era, to give that cowboy era weight. Italics were built into the design process, so they feel like part of the family, instead of an after-thought.



Preview



License

It started with a need...

Besley* started with a need for a good, versatile, and affordable antique slab serif font. One with italics and a bold that actually was bold. One that would look good on screen and in print. An antique slab serif that didn’t have weird and gimmicky irregularities. A font that is at once welcoming and approachable, while remaining trustworthy and sturdy. Something timeless, that feels of-the-time. A font that is immediately familiar, while providing subtle surprises. A font that just functions, without having to work hard. The font I was looking for was Besley*.


The Design Process

Robert Besley’s Clarendon
Besley* is an antique slab serif, meaning it features larger, sturdier serifs, while retaining a traditional stroke width variance. Besley* is named after Robert Besley, creator of Clarendon. Clarendon is in many ways the defining antique slab serif, and its popularity is easy to understand. Clarendon’s letterforms are big, bold, and loud. Clarendon is recognizable on WANTED posters and US National Park signage.

Limitations of a Century + Old Design
Clarendon is also over 100 years old, and limited in its design and capabilities. Its wide and bold letterforms are compelling at large sizes, but impossible to read easily at text sizes. It was designed for use on metal type, which results in compromise letter forms, like its flattened f and inelegant kerning. Clarendon was never designed with a complementary italic, and retroactive attempts have all fallen short. Digitization of metal type also compromise design integrity by forcing digitizers to make aesthetic decisions, such as the rounding of corners.

Creating a Modern Classic
The design process of Besley* started with looking at what works with Clarendon and maintaining those assets, while expanding design and functionality. In order to maintain a sturdy and heavy weighting, while adding text-size readability, wide capitals are used alongside appropriately widthed lowercase letters. To make Besley* render well on screens, a larger x-height was chosen. The medium weight of Besley* is bolder than typical fonts of the digital era, to give that cowboy era weight. Italics were built into the design process, so they feel like part of the family, instead of an after-thought.

Copyright (c) 2017, Owen Earl,,, ([email protected]),
with Reserved Font Name Besley*.

Copyright (c) 2017, Owen Earl,,, ([email protected])



Legal notice

Cufonfonts.com's fonts are uploaded by our members. The license information stated by the members is usually correct but we cannot guarantee it. We give great importance to copyright and have developed some techniques to make sure that the previously mentioned issue doesn't occur, also the system automatically displays the copyright information of the font here. If you believe that this font is in violation of copyright and isn't legal, please let us know in order for the font to be removed or revised.

You can also check the legal and commercial status of this font;

MyFonts.com Fonts.com

It is the users' own legal responsibility to download and use this font.

Users who viewed this font also viewed

Apple Garamond

Added by zemin (6 Style)

Apple Garamond font download

Font-Face Web fonts & TTF-OTF

Download Add to List

ITC Officina Serif Std

Added by Pndes Gndes (2 Style)

ITC Officina Serif Std font download

Font-Face Web fonts & TTF-OTF

Download Add to List

Domine

Added by zemin (2 Style)

Domine font download

Font-Face Web fonts & TTF-OTF

Download Add to List

BBC Reith Serif

Added by Conor Murphy (8 Style)

BBC Reith Serif font download

Font-Face Web fonts & TTF-OTF

Download Add to List

Adobe Caslon Pro

Added by Michelangelo Messina (1 Style)

Adobe Caslon Pro font download

Font-Face Web fonts & TTF-OTF

Download Add to List



Explore font collections








CUFONFONTS.COM FACEBOOK PAGE OPENED!

Progress is running, please wait...