Martin Luther’s critique of the sale of indulgences in 1517 was the spark that ignited the Reformation. Marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s publication of his 95 Theses, the exhibition ‘Brenne für den Glauben – Wien nach Luther’ recalls the decades when Vienna was a majority-Protestant city. Exhibition and catalogue design by designer Manuel Radde, using Inknut Antiqua.
German carmaker BMW is using Playfair Display on their global website.
The new website of the Gallifrey Foundation is using Playfair Display for their logotype and headlines.
Hoban Cards produce beautiful letterpressed calling cards using Playfair Display.
The German women’s magazine Brigitte is using Playfair Display extensively.
The dictionary Merriam-Webster is using Playfair Display on their website.
Packaging manufacturer InTheBox.it is using Playfair Display on their website.
refinery29.com is using Playfair Display.
America’s finest news source The Onion is using Playfair Display on their website.
The magazine Gay Times is using Playfair Display in print and on their website.
Magazine The Strad is using Playfair Display throughout their print and web assets.
Karrin Allyson’s album “Many A New Day. Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein” is using Playfair Display.
The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is using Playfair Display on their website.
Newsweek is using Playfair Display for body copy on their website.
International Business Times is using Playfair Display on their website.
Audio-book company Storytel is using Playfair Display on their website and in outdoor marketing.
Shoe company Clarks is using Playfair Display for their website.
This video promo for the Royal Danish Theater’s production of “Cabaret” is using Playfair Display for titling.
Shelley writes “Inknut demonstrates what can happen when a person with an excellent eye for both historical and present-day type design attempts something new — and succeeds.”
Lookback.io is using Playfair Display for their website.
Jeb Bush is using Playfair Display for his ‘Jeb Bush Emails’ website.
Dragone Studio is using Playfair Display to great effect on their website.
Fiat Australia is using Playfair Display for their website.
My ATypI 2013 presentation has been scheduled for Sunday 13th of October at 14:25. I hope to see you all there, it’s going to be awesome.
My presentation will deal with the transition from print publishing to screen-based publishing, and what this means for the way we design and typeset.
¡Strike a pose! Vogue España’s new responsive site uses Playfair Display throughout, and it doesn’t look half bad. They are also self-hosting the font files as the license allows for.
To make Playfair Display look its best, the spacing has been regulated in CSS for each size. You can check out the site here.
I will be presenting at the 2013 TypeTalks in Brno, Czech Republic, on the 6–7th of September 2013.
My presentation is entitled Post-paper, and on the grand transition from publishing to paper, to publishing to screens, and how this necessitates the development of new design conventions and tropes. I hope to see you there.
All the Google Fonts including Playfair Display are now available in Monotype’s SkyFonts service. The application can be downloaded, and the fonts can be browsed and selected here. Furthermore, fonts are automatically updated to latest versions, and the selected fonts are synced across your computers.
Playfair Display Black Italic is used to good effect in this art exhibition catalogue designed by Christian Ramsø.
The designers of the website for the Chancellery of the Polish Prime minister have chosen to use Playfair Display as the main typeface.
The Open Source license means that the chancellery can self-serve the webfont-files, which they do. Visit the site here http://premier.gov.pl
Playfair Display have been updated. It now covers the cyrillic glyphs used in Bulgarian, Belarusian, Russian, Bosnian/Serbian (including Serbian morphology for б), and Ukrainian.
Additionally, Playfair Display now comes in three weights and two styles, including small-caps for all weights and styles – also for the cyrillic.
Go to Google Webfonts to use Playfair Display as a webfont, or to download the fonts to your computer. Special fonts containing small-cap glyphs in the place of the lowercase glyphs have also been put on Google Webfonts. Use these fonts for true small-caps in browsers without OpenType capabilities. You do not need to download these fonts as the small-caps are already in Playfair Display proper.
As you may know, Playfair Display is published under the Open Font License 1.1, granting you license to use the fonts free of charge, and enables you to extend & modify the family should you wish to. The complete source-files are available here.
I hope users of the cyrillic script will find good use for Playfair Display, and I wish you much enjoyment with it.
Playfair Display is included in this selection, and I hope it will find even more use among the many web designers and coders.
British newspaper the Guardian used Playfair Display for the isbarackobamathepresident.com website.
Following up on the ttfautohint as a service, here is an updated service with the 0.9 binary. Just download, un-zip, and double-click on the ttfautohint workflow. OS X will prompt you to open or install, choose install, and choose to replace the existing workflow. This service only works in OS X Lion 10.7 and newer.
Following up on the ttfautohint as a service, here is an updated service with the 0.8 binary. Just download, un-zip, and double-click on the ttfautohint workflow. OS X will prompt you to open or install, choose install, and choose to replace the existing workflow. This service only works in OS X Lion 10.7 and newer.
Playfair Display is nearing completion and will soon be available on Google Fonts.
Werner Lemberg is developing a novel auto-hinter for TrueType fonts. It is based on the FreeType rasterizer.
To make it easy for typeface designers to test the capabilities of ttfautohint I have created a self-contained Service for OS X. Please note that ttfautohint is pre-release software and should not be used for production purposes. Please note that ttfautohint is released under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE, Version 2.
Just un-zip and double-click the ttfautohint file. OS X will prompt you to either edit or install the Service; choose install. Done.
Use it by right-clicking on one or more TTFs, then choose ttfautohint from within the Services menu-item. The Service will now start auto-hinting the fonts and save them in the same folder under new names in the style of foo.AH.ttf.
There have been some reports of problems installing and running this Service in versions of OS X earlier than 10.7. If you run into trouble try manually placing the Service in ~/Library/Services/, and if that folder does not exist, create it first.
Download ttfautohint 0.7 as Service
Let me also use this occasion to send a big thank you to Google Webfonts for funding my work on this family. The latin-script fonts are nearing completion, and if all goes according to schedule they should be out within the next month. These are the semi-bold, bold, black uprights and matching italics, including small caps for all weights and styles.
I was asked to select a typeface for Typographica’s list of Favorite Typefaces of 2011. While Gerard Unger’s Capitolium News 2 is not a new design per se, I’m happy to use just about any excuse to make typographers and designers pay notice to, and hopefully use, his exquisite designs.
My presentation entitled Typography for touch-screen devices has been accepted for the 2011 ATypI conference in Reyjkavik. The conference runs from the 14-18 of September, and my presentation will take place Thursday the 15th at 11:00 in ‘Track 1’. I hope to see you there.
I'm pleased to announce that the first font of the Playfair family is now published on the Google Web Fonts service. The font is the regular weight of the display family, and the italic font is soon to follow. You are free to download and use the font on your computer. Using the font as a webfont is very easy – just grab the code from here and start using Playfair on your web pages.
Should you have comments or discover bugs, I would encourage you to comment on this article or contact me directly.
I am attending the TypeTalks2 symposium at the University of Arts in Poznań, on the 18 and 19 of June, 2011. I will be making an exactly 321 seconds long informal presentation entitled 'Lost in pixelation'. It will be about… well, I won't give it away here. Come, and you shall see.
I have been given financial support by the Google Web Fonts team to design a typeface family. In fact you are looking at this design right now. This website uses Playfair Display (as the typeface is named) as a webfont to display the text.
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 it's many capitalized words, and 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.
Playfair includes a full set of small caps (currently only supported by the Firefox 4 or newer browser), common ligatures, and discretionary ligatures. For Polish, a set of alternate diacritical characters designed with ‘kreska’s are included. All European languages using the latin script are supported. →A set of eight arrow devices are also included←.
Once the latin script part is finished, I will expand the fonts to cover the Cyrillic script.
Once the regular weight is released I will announce it here. Watch this website for further information on Playfair.