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Playfair Display Font is a transitional design. In the European Enlightenment in the late 18th century, wide-tip pens were replaced by pointed steel pens as the most popular writing tool of the time. Along with developments in printing, ink, and papermaking technology, it evolved into printing high-contrast letterforms and delicate lines that became increasingly separated from written forms.
This design lends itself to this period and, while it is not a revival of any particular design, it is influenced by the John Baskerville designs and the "Scotch Roman" designs. Being a screen design (large size) in the transitional genre, it can functionally and stylistically accompany Georgia for body text.
This is the main family, with a sister family to Playfair Display SC small caps. The main family downloaded font files include a full set of small caps, common ligatures, and discretionary ligatures.
Updated November 2017 with many small improvements and additional language support. The family converted to a variable source in August 2019.
The Playfair project is led by Claus Eggers Sørensen, a type designer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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 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, 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 also cover the cyril­lic glyphs used in Bul­garian, Belarus­ian, Rus­sian, Bosnian/Serbian (includ­ing Ser­bian mor­pho­logy for б), and Ukrainian.
Play­fair Dis­play comes in three weights and two styles, includ­ing small-caps for all weights and styles – also for the Cyrillic.

About Playfair Display Font

Name Playfair Display Font
Style Serif, Transitional, Modern 
Designer Claus Eggers Sørensen
File Format OTF, TTF
Font Licence Free For Personal And Commercial Use.
Type Free Version.

Playfair Display Font Uses

Since the font has an eye-catching typeface, it is good for almost every section you need.
Design Work: Playfair Display Font is compatible with all types of design work. This font can also be used for cards, brochures, newspapers (online/offline), presentations, web pages, blogs, book covers, social media posts, advertisements, product designs, posters, and many more.
Title: For titles and text, the Playfair Display Font font is very good to use. You can use both of its formats depending on the requirements.
Work or official documentation: The font looks like it is used in the work and official documentation.
Logos: you can design your logos with it.
Websites: I have seen several websites use this font.

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Playfair Display Font Family

  1. Playfair Display Black
  2. Playfair Display Black Italic
  3. Playfair Display Bold
  4. Playfair Display Bold Italic
  5. Playfair Display Extra Bold
  6. Playfair Display Extra Bold Italic
  7. Playfair Display Italic
  8. Playfair Display Medium
  9. Playfair Display Medium Italic
  10. Playfair Display Regular
  11. Playfair Display Semi Bold
  12. Playfair Display Semi Bold Italic

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Language Support

Playfair Display supports the following languages Afrikaans, Albanian, Asu, Basque, Belarusian, Bemba, Bena, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chiga, Congo Swahili, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Embu, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Ganda, German, Gusii, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Jola-Fonyi, Kabuverdianu, Kalaallisut, Kalenjin, Kamba, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luo, Luyia, Macedonian, Machame, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Meru, Morisyen, North Ndebele, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Nyankole, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Rombo, Rundi, Russian, Rwa, Samburu, Sango, Sangu, Sena, Serbian, Shambala, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Swiss German, Taita, Teso, Turkmen, Vunjo, Welsh, and Zulu.