Central European encoding
Stylistic alternates (salt)
Contextual alternates (calt)
Stylistic sets (ss0x)
Slashes zero (zero)
Proportional lining (pnum+lnum)
Tabular lining (tnum+lnum)
Superiors / Inferiors (subs/sinf)
Designed by: Stefan Claudius
CA Saygon Text was developed as a sibling to CA Saygon in order to have a less eccentric alternative for setting larger quantities of text. The basic forms and proportions of Saygon were adopted and continued in such a way that a straight font family from Thin to Extrabold resulted. A fundamental inspiration were early static grotesque typefaces such as Akzidenz Grotesk. Nevertheless, the typeface was by no means intended to have a historical look.
Thus, a relatively high x-height was chosen, which makes the typeface quite economical in type-setting, since the letters appear visually larger. A relatively small line spacing with good legibility can be achieved due to the small ascenders and the low cap height. Letters like f and t, which otherwise tend to end in curves, were given right angles, which on the one hand meets certain design elements of the original Saygon, but on the other hand also refers to contemporary trends in typeface design.
A special feature are the five styles in which CA Saygon Text can be used. The basic setting is the Helvetica style, with two-storey a and g. The Futura style has a single-storey a and a two-storey g accordingly. The third style with two-storey a and three-storey g is called the Franklin style. But the real highlight is the Cape style with single-storey a and three-storey g – a real rarity, let yourself be inspired by this unusual typeface. If you like it even more progressive, you should try the Flat style, which continues the right angles in a, g, and y as well.
Thanks to the Latin Extended and Cyrillic character sets, a huge language area is covered that even extends to Vietnam! Even the exotic German uppercase-double-s is available and appears automatically when typed between other capital letters. Numerous OpenType features make life easier for the professional typographer: there are fractions, superscript and subscript numbers, as well as proportional and tabular capitals. The spacing and kerning was carried out by Igino Marini, who, with a trained eye and his iKern program, has become the benchmark in typeface finishing.
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See also CA Saygon Display