Playfair Display Font
Font Name:Playfair Display
Developer:Claus Eggers Sorensen
Category:Basic > Serif
Glyphs:378 glyphs / 490 characters
License:SIL Open Font License
Downloads:14 total (0 this week)
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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.

Playfair's 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 script are supported. A set of eight arrow devices are also included.

Playfair Display Font Character Map

Playfair Display font contains 490 defined characters and 378 unique glyphs. The font contains characters from the following unicode character ranges: Basic Latin (93), Latin-1 Supplement (95), Latin Extended-A (127), Latin Extended-B (8), Spacing Modifier Letters (8), Combining Diacritical Marks (1), Greek and Coptic (4), Cyrillic (94), Latin Extended Additional (9), General Punctuation (17), Currency Symbols (2), Letterlike Symbols (3), Number Forms (2), Arrows (9), Mathematical Operators (11), Geometric Shapes (3), Alphabetic Presentation Forms (2).


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License Information & Download

Playfair Display is a basic, serif font designed by Claus Eggers Sorensen. The font is licensed under SIL Open Font License. The font is free for both personel and commercial usages, modification and distribution. In doubt please refer to the readme file in the font package or contact the designer directly from

The font is also available as a webfont at Google Fonts.

The zip archive contains the following files:

  • › OFL.txt
  • › PlayfairDisplay-Regular.ttf
  • › PlayfairDisplay-Italic.ttf
  • › PlayfairDisplay-Bold.ttf
  • › PlayfairDisplay-BoldItalic.ttf
License: SIL Open Font LicenseDownload Font
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