The Caran d’Ache custom font family covers a wide range of uses, with its Serif and Sans cuts available in many weights. The sensitivity of writing and humanistic feeling has been kept into typographic stabilised forms.
The Serif cuts are highly legible with their traditional forms, low contrast, and a distinctive small x-height which makes it particularly ‘bookish’. The italics are of fifteenth-century Aldine feeling: slight angle, smooth rhythm, soberness. In Sans, the typeface keeps the humanistic style of the Serif cuts throughout four weights, from Light to Black. Discreet swashes can be seen at the end of some letters, as well as many ‘natural’ ligature one would do if writing by hand.
The whole family includes accents for all European languages using Latin script, superiors, inferiors, precomposed roman numerals and, for the upright cuts, small capitals. An ‘Office’ version has also been made for the everyday use of the brand.