Fairplex

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Credits

Designer(s)
Zuzana Licko
Foundry(ies)
Emigre
Release Year
2002
Country of Origin
United States
Classification
Serif
Original Format
Digital
Distributor(s)
Emigre
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Background

“The foundation for Fairplex began in January 1998. I wanted to develop a serif text face loosely based upon Garamond No.3. This resulted in many false starts, some of which turned into seemingly unrelated sans-serif designs, including Tarzana and Solex. As the experimentation continued, it became apparent that Fairplex, too, would not be the Garamond revival that I had originally intended; perhaps I’ll return to that sometime in the future.

“My goal for Fairplex became that of creating a text face which would achieve legibility by avoiding contrast, especially in the Book weight. This was spurred by experiences with my own eyesight, which I’ve noticed is becoming increasingly intolerant of high contrast typefaces when reading lengthy texts. (Especially when combined with paperback printing and less than perfect reading conditions!) As a result of its low contrast, the Fairplex Book weight is somewhat reminiscent of a sans serif, yet the slight serifs preserve the recognition of serif letterforms.”

—Zuzana Licko

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