Chaparral typeface was created by Carol Twombly while working as part of the Adobe type design team during the 90s. This typeface is what would be classified as a hybrid slab-serif design combining legibility of slab serif designs made popular in the 19th century with the elegance of 16th Century Roman book lettering.
Chaparral has letter proportions that vary giving it a more accessible and legible appearance in all weight forms, from light to bold, making it a highly functional typeface to use. It works well for headings, captions, displays and general text.
Most known and notable typeface designers in history have been men except for Carol Twombly, one of the twentieth century’s most influential typeface designers. She was also the first woman to be awarded the Prix Charles Peignot at the 1994 ATypI Conference.
“Type fonts have an old and colourful role as carriers of our cultural DNA. The work of Carol Twombly has transported that a influence, modernised and digitised, into the twenty-first century.” – Joel Friedlander
(All images below can be found on myfonts website and the fonts for sale)
Carol Twombly and the team of designers at Adobe had worked on several type faces previous to the development of Chaparral which are all based on historical models. (All images from myfonts website)
Charlemagne Std Regular was based on classical roman engravings.
Lithos Pro-Regular was a face modelled o Greek stone inscriptions from the 5th Century BC.
Trajan was based on letterforms from the inscriptions found on the Column of Trajan, 133 AD Rome. Popular in many movie posters.
ACasion Pro-Regular was modelled on the fonts of the British printer William Carson from 1722.
In 1991 Twombly worked with type face designer Robert Slimbach to create Myriad.
In 1993 she created the decorative type face Viva.
During 1994 she developed Nueva type face, also based on historical models but with a more modern touch to it.
In1997 Carol Twombly released her last type face, Chaparral.