Plantin Font Field Guide
Foundry: Monotype Designers:Frank Hinman Pierpontn Classification: Serif/Old Style
The Plantin design has a narrow, paper-conserving, width and a large x-height, making it an excellent choice for long-form text copy. It is, however, a heavy face and needs room to breath. The Plantin family also performs best in uncomplicated typographic arrangements.
Four weights of regular proportions, each with an italic, one bold condensed design, two weights of Plantin Infant each with an italic counterpart, a single-weight of Titling and three Headline designs. The four designs of News Plantin were designed specifically for setting text where space is at a premium.
- F.H. Pierpont is often credited with designing Plantin – but he was not a type designer.
- Although classiﬁed as a “Dutch Old Style” typeface, Christophe Plantin was a Frenchman and Antwerp, where he worked, is in Belgium. The answer to the apparent miss-naming is that Antwerp was part of the Dutch Republic when Plantin worked there.
The Monotype Drawing Ofﬁce Monotype designed the Plantin typeface, in 1913, under the direction of F.H. Pierpont. The design is based on fonts made by Robert Granjon in the 1500s and named after the famous printer, Christophe Plantin.
Over time, a more condensed News Plantin, Plantin Infant for the setting of young reader books, a bold condensed Plantin Headline and Plantin Titling typefaces were added to the family.
Modest stroke weight change, short sturdy serifs and old style design traits make Plantin a very legible design in print and on screen.
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