Tuesday, 11 August 2009

31 - Caran

Gordon Watt (Morning Glass Designs) has contributed another font for Typeface A Week...this font was his "main mission" for our project - so, we are very happy to present - Caran...here's some words by Gordon on its origins...

Caran is based almost entirely on the lettering in a wonderful piece of modern calligraphy, Cara Wallia Derelicta ("Dear Wales, all buggered up"), by David Jones, the famous Welsh artist and former student of Eric Gill. It represents my first attempt at a "calligraphic" typeface, one which I imagine might be used to good measure in a medium like stained glass.

More information on the original text, and a smallish image, can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/lfb89t

And a piece of work inspired by David Jones' work, by another Welsh calligrapher, tegwen Jones: http://tinyurl.com/mxyej5

This typeface is now unavailable for download - but will be included in the limited edition CD Rom of all 52 Typefaces at the beginning of 2010. To secure a CD Rom, please email us (Phil & Gabi) at info@g-r-a.co.uk.If you would like to get involved in making a typeface for the project, please email us at : info@g-r-a.co.uk or leave a comment below!


  1. I am still interested in using Caran in the book about Wales that my wife and I intend to publish later this year. We leave for Wales on Monday and will be there through May 5 (flying out of Manchester on May 6). Where are you? Perhaps I can even stop by your place to buy a CD? (bx2@psu.edu)


please leave some wisdom for Gabi and Phil to soak up!