Monday, 13 January 2014

Free Font Playfair

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

Designed by Claus Eggers Sørensen Playfair is available free in a staggering 12 weights

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.

To download your fee font Playfair click here

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