Playfair Display

Serif typeface

designed by Danish type designer

Claus Eggers Sorensen

2011.

Description

Playfair Display

Playfair is a transitional design. From the time of enlightenment in the late 18th century, the broad nib quills were replaced by pointed steel pens. This influenced typographical letterforms to become increasingly detached from the written ones. Developments in printing technology, ink, and paper making, made it possible to print letterforms of high contrast and delicate hairlines.

This design lends itself to this period, and while it is not a revival of any particular design, it takes influence from the designs of printer and typeface designer John Baskerville, the punchcutter William Martin's typeface for the "Boydell Shakspeare" (sic) edition, and from the "Scotch Roman" designs that followed thereafter. As the name indicates, Playfair Display is well suited for titling and headlines. It has an extra large x-height and short descenders. It can be set with no leading if space is tight, for instance in news headlines, or for stylistic effect in titles. Capitals are extra short, and only very slightly heavier than the lowercase characters.

This helps achieve a more even typographical colour when typesetting proper nouns and initialisms. Languages, like German, where nouns are capitalized, particularly benefit from this lower contrast between lower and upper case glyphs. In German, with its many capitalised words, and in other European languages that use many diacritical characters, it is advised to use more leading. Being a transitional design, stylistically Playfair can accompany Georgia, where Georgia is used for body text.

Downloads: 500,182

Uploaded on: July 11, 2013

Designed by: Claus Eggers Sorensen

Classification: Serif

Tags: Elegant, Paragraph, Retro, Serif, Modern, Serif, Transitional, Small Caps, True Italics, Vintage

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Alphabet

Playfair Display

Lower case a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
Upper case A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
Symbols "( < ! ? , ; . % # = + - * / $ @ & > )"

Fonts

Playfair Display

Playfair Display Regular

Playfair Display Regular | 851 Glyphs

Playfair Display Italic

Playfair Display Italic | 845 Glyphs

Playfair Display Bold

Playfair Display Bold | 851 Glyphs

Playfair Display Bold Italic

Playfair Display Bold Italic | 845 Glyphs

Playfair Display Black

Playfair Display Black | 851 Glyphs

Playfair Display Black Italic

Playfair Display Black Italic | 845 Glyphs

Playfair Display SC Regular

Playfair Display SC Regular | 652 Glyphs

Playfair Display SC Italic

Playfair Display SC Italic | 647 Glyphs

Playfair Display SC Bold

Playfair Display SC Bold | 652 Glyphs

Playfair Display SC Bold Italic

Playfair Display SC Bold Italic | 647 Glyphs

Playfair Display SC Black

Playfair Display SC Black | 652 Glyphs

Playfair Display SC Black Italic

Playfair Display SC Black Italic | 647 Glyphs

Size

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