TRANSITIONAL DESIGN SERIFPlayfair Display

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The Story

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.

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The Design

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.
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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.
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Text Family

RegularItalicMediumMediumItalicSemiBoldSemiBoldItalic
BoldBoldItalicExtraBoldExtraBoldItalicBlackBlackItalic
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GRAPHIC DESIGN
Graphic Designers need a wide Variety in Characters