intro

how to

 

sizes

styles

purpose

a-z

map

timeline

 

list

links

glossary

search

Date: 1988

Designer:
Carol Twombly

Foundry:
Adobe

Location:
California, USA

Current equivalent:
Adobe Trajan Pro

See also:
Trajanus by Warren Chappell, Goudy Trajan, Durer Capitals, Pontif by Paul Shaw

Technologies:
Postscript
Truetype
Opentype

Famous for:
Digital redrawing of a classical typographic standard.

Applications: Signage

Ubiquity:
Average use

Category:
Roman Titling Capitals

Stress: Angled
Serifs: Fine Wedge Serif

Design history:
Based on the inscriptional letters on the base of the Trajan Column in Rome, and named for the same, this is a set of titling capitals available in two weights. The original letters were carved in AD113, and have become a touchstone for type designers the world over – lettering students have traditionally been taught to study these letters to gain understanding of the construction of the Roman capitals. In keeping with the source material, Trajan's proportions are classic, the forms open and graceful, and the serifs small and incised. Carol Twombly, as senior designer at Adobe Systems, used her interest in historic titling and display faces to advertise the refinement possible with the new Postscript technology.

profile 43

picture: Blandford Press