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On initial inspection, Parent presents a classically designed Serif typeface intended for body copy use at a range of point sizes, with traditional half ball terminals and refined levels of contrast. Partly inspired by old-style Serif typefaces, a more covert origin for Parent was found in an image from Adrian Frutiger’s “Typefaces. The Complete Works”, where outward strokes referred to as “Daggers” had been manually taped to letterforms to retain sharp edges throughout the printing process.

The design intent behind Parent was to reinterpret the functionality of this original feature into a deliberate design characteristic. As such, a specialised ‘Ink’ variant uses a combination of extreme incisions and reverse tapers to create unique, curling forms. The ‘Ink’ variant of Parent can be used in a multitude of ways, not only becoming a functional component facilitating the correct rendering of type at the most extreme small point sizes but also producing ornate and purposefully dramatic details for headline use at large point sizes.

Parent is available in 5 weights — Regular, Book, SemiBold, Bold, ExtraBold with accompanying Ink variants. It is open to licensing in both Standard (‘STD’) and Professional (‘PRO’) versions. The latter contains a variety of OpenType features. As a Variable typeface, the Weight and Ink Trap Axes allow both elements to be increased and decreased as required. 

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