About Playfair Display SC

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License: SIL Open Font License, 1.1

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 color 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 capitalized 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.

This is the Small Cap sister family to the main Playfair Display family. The main family downloaded font files include a full set of small caps, 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 writing system are supported. A set of eight arrow devices are also included.

To contribute to the project contact Claus Eggers Sørensen.

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Use on the Web

The Playfair Display SC webfont is available for use on the web via the Google Fonts API.

1. Add this code to your website:

<link href='https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Playfair+Display+SC' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

Instructions: To embed this font into your web page, copy this code into the <head> of your HTML document.

2. Integrate the font into your CSS:

font-family: 'Playfair Display SC', Arial, sans-serif;

Instructions: Add the font name to your CSS selector just as you'd do normally with any other font.

Use in Desktop Software

The Playfair Display SC font has been extracted from the Google Fonts API for use in desktop software.

1. Download the font file in your desired style:

Download TTF
PlayfairDisplaySC-700Italic.ttf
Download TTF
PlayfairDisplaySC-Italic.ttf
Download TTF
PlayfairDisplaySC-Regular.ttf
Download TTF
PlayfairDisplaySC-700.ttf
Download TTF
PlayfairDisplaySC-900Italic.ttf
Download TTF
PlayfairDisplaySC-900.ttf
Note: As these fonts come directly from the Google servers, they will need to be renamed.

2. Install to your computer

  • For Windows 10/8/7/Vista
    Right-click the font file then click the "Install" menu option.

  • For Mac OS xx 10.3 or above
    Double-click the font file then click the "Install Font" button at the bottom of the preview.