small caps

I'm close to buying LTC Kennerley bold (a face Nick recently mentioned in another thread, coincidentally, though his comment went wooshing over my head) for the covers of a series of books, but I'm not totally sold yet. Can anyone suggest faces with a similar look to the samples below?

Hello there fellow Typophiles,

I'm looking for advice on a typeface for the body text on a website I'm working on. The website is about wedding photography, so I'm thinking that an elegant (but legible) roman typeface would fit nicely. Though I would really like to use true small caps, something I'm having trouble finding in a web font. Question: Do you know any free or affordable web fonts with true small caps? (that fit my requirements)

I've been looking at Typekit and Typotheque and the best I could come up with is Greta Text or maybe Brioni Text.

Any other recommendations?

Greater Albion Typefounders has just launched 'Corton' a pair of display Roman small capitals faces.

Corton was inspired by the traditional lettering on a gravestone in an English village. While that might sound a rather solemn beginning, Corton has wonderfully lively air, with distinctive lively serifs and beautifully swashed downstrokes. Two faces are offered-regular and titular. Between them they are ideal signage and display faces, merging 'olde-worlde' charm and fun character.

Corton is currently available through Myfonts, and is offered at a 35% introductory discount.

I have a couple of unrelated type questions:

1. What is the reasoning for having ascenders exceed caps height, is it just a style or does it help when reading small copy or large bodies of text?

2. When developing a sans inspired Hebrew character set, is there any reason to develop an italic set as well? From what I understand, Hebrew has no true italics, but are italics used with any frequency in modern day text settings using Hebrew?

3. What's the reasoning behind some Small Caps exceeding x height is it just preference depending on the dimensions of they typeface or is it just about aesthetics?


I'm getting in a bit of a muddle with my old style figures, and wonder if somebody can clear this up for me?

Darjeeling combines British Elegance and Indian Flavor. It is flared like Optima, with a scent of Bodoni. By layering “Regular” and “Ornaments” over each other you will create astounding pieces of colorful typography. Additionally there is “Regnaments” which combines the two other styles.

Darjeeling is great as a display font, but also perfectly legible at text sizes. Use the ornaments only to add spice to Your design.

Make sure to use applications supporting all these lavish OpenType features like small caps, various sets of figures, fractals and the 102 discretionary ligatures.

Darjeeling has been recently released at myfonts:

Hi, here's a experiment series i made in blackletter, first the are two styles Africana and Europea, the difference between them is the position of a 90º angle. There is also small caps based upon some attemps in the letterings i see in the streets ( i'm from Mexico, and we use lots of blackletter for anything)ended looking like lettering of heavy metal logos.

There's a more detailed preview in behance, but the version attached here is more updated

Hey all,

I am currently designing a serif for text (preview here: and was wondering what the consensus is on making small caps for the italic weights? Are they necessary? A typographic faux pas? A waste of time?


When using small caps to represent numbers what is the rule for a representing a phrase like "5-day forecast"? Would just the "5" be in small caps or would "5-day" be in them?

Thoughts? A resource to direct me to? I checked The Elements of Typographic Style but couldn't find a specific answer to this.

Need to know what font is used for the "Studio Gaven" portion of the logo at the top of the page.


These chapter titles caught my attention, but I can't seem to find the font. Anyone recognize this? The serifs on the T are especially unique.

This is from Augusten Burroughs book "Magical Thinking," designed by Phil Mazzone.


Indices : Terminology : Mid-Capitals

Mid-capitals (also called medium capitals) are a larger form of small capitals.

Small Capitals

Small caps have many uses, but are primarily used for initials in body copy, such as NASA, NATO or the UN. The aim of this use is to diminish the visual awkwardness of capital letters hindering the flow of a paragraph. (Text figures are also used for better flow in body text versus lining figures.)

The OpenType feature registered for small capitals is smcp, there is also a feature registered for petite caps (pcap).

From Nick Shinn:

Here are some differing strategies for “Caps with Small Caps” titling.
I don’t think any of them are ideal for this typeface.
In the designated small cap font the small cap is, as I said earlier, too wide.

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