More great Adobe fonts, including optical styles for Chaparral Pro
Today we’re excited that four new Adobe typefaces – Utopia, Poetica, OCR-A, and OCR-B – and many more styles of Chaparral Pro have been added to Typekit’s library. The new Chaparral fonts round out its four optical styles: Display, Subhead, normal, and Caption.
Optical styles are each designed for a different range of sizes. Pound for pound, Chaparral Pro Caption is bigger, thicker, and more loosely spaced than Chaparral Pro Display because it is meant to be used at small sizes; its features are designed to look balanced and perform well at low resolution. The Display and Subhead styles, on the other hand, look great large, where their narrow, elegant forms have more pixels to breathe. Compare these specimens: Display Regular, Caption Regular.
OCR-A Std and OCR-B Std are two takes on machine-readable typeface standardization. OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition (a very different kind of “optical” typeface than the optical styles of Chaparral!). These typefaces were designed to be read by a machine. OCR-B, originally designed by Adrian Frutiger, pushes the limits of the optical reader but is easier for people to read.
Utopia Std and Poetica Std, both designed by Robert Slimbach, are contemporary takes on traditional letterforms. Utopia’s sturdy and high-waisted take on neoclassical forms is available in three weights, each with a matching italic; Poetica, a modern reflection of chancery writing, comes in a single, elegant, calligraphic style.