Farringdon Typeface

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Farringdon is a sans serif typeface based on the Edward Johnston’s legendary hand-lettered forms, which are perhaps the height of English craft design, surpassing even, are about as suggestive of London and Britain as ‘Mind the Gap’ of the Changing of the Guard. Although an excellent digitized version from ITC™ exists, a free version of his designs can only serve to help the world of typography.

Fortunately, Stephen Moye (famed as the author of Fontographer) created just such a digitized version decades ago, in the earlier more innocent days of the internet, and released it into the world, under the properly London name of Paddington. Regrettably (and through no fault of my illustrious predecessor), the versions floating around on font hosting sites have numerous flaws in their metadata and are slightly suspect.

To make the world slightly nicer, I have, using at its core Mr. Moye’s superb work, incorporated advances in fonts. For example, Mr. Moye provided small capital shapes for both the bold and roman fonts, but these were done as separate font-files; I instead created a standard OpenType +smcp lookup. I also incorporated, to fill in gaps in the coverage in Mr. Moye's admirable but (by modern Unicode standards) sparse character set; as a result, in the Roman face only, I was able to incorporate under the terms of the Open Font License characters and ligatures from Railway Sans by Greg Fleming and from Hammersmith One by Nicole Fally.

The result is that the most extensive feature set and character coverage are to be found in the roman and bold fonts (with the former having the best), which is actually quite fitting as Johnston never designed an italic for this face.

The name of the typeface is taken from London’s Farringdon Station, which is home to a beautiful memorial to Mr. Johnston, consisting of large quasi-punches illustrating the magnificence of his lettering.