Fredrick Goudy's 'Deepdene' Views and Comparisions of similar Typefaces

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jamahl's picture
Joined: 16 Aug 2007 - 2:07am
Fredrick Goudy's 'Deepdene' Views and Comparisions of similar Typefaces

Hi Everyone,

I am a first year uni student and I am doing a project on Goudy's 'Deepdene'.

I am looking for the following:
- Any general comments
- Similar alternative typefaces
- Any comparisions you see between 'Deepdene' or similar typefaces
- Any pros or cons which you would like to point out

I am looking for industry quotes from users. If you wouldn't mind popping down your role in the industry.

Also if someone has the typeface, do you think it would be possilbe for you to make a heading and outline the heading, I just need the name 'Deepdene'. Its up to you.

URL of 'Deepdene' –

Thanks for all your help


Antonio Cavedoni's picture
Joined: 27 Aug 2005 - 10:32am

Hi Liam. Good call on Deepdene, it’s my favourite of Goudy’s typefaces. Walter Tracy talks briefly about it in his Letters of Credit, p. 121–122 (bibliographic entry), mantaining that Goudy was fascinated by Van Krimpen’s own Lutetia typeface while drawing Deepdene. You might want to look up the similarities and differences between the two. Also of note is the italic which is strangely upright as far as italics go, but it works remarkably well in my opinion. Another later serif typeface with very vertical italics is Eric Gill’s Joanna, another of my favourites.

William Berkson's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2003 - 11:00am

You should also be aware of P22's version of Deepdene, which is probably more complete, as well as reasonably priced. I haven't compared them.

As far as similarity, Goudy repeated himself a lot with variations, so comparing Deepdene to his other faces would be interesting.

George Horton's picture
Joined: 20 Sep 2005 - 6:22pm

I've got P22/LTC Deepdene, which is more accurate and extremely beautiful. But it isn't much good for text, being terribly light, with long descenders, and if I remember rightly (I haven't used it for ages) terrible kerning. The BQ version is nicely dark, well and closely spaced, has shortened descenders and makes a good if adventurous book type. Goudy Kaatskill is close cousin to Deepdene, with the advantage of having been given the once-over by Colin Kahn after Jim Rimmer's initial revival with an excellent Deepdene-based italic. It is a less startling type (it even has a horizontal bar on e), with good weight and spacing, and is very usable. Neither have bold fonts, which is fine by me.