Philippa’s four font weights are duplexed, so changes in weight will not affect the width of the text being set. This constraint enhances the underlying personality developed by the wide circular “bdgopq” group and the narrower “hmnru” lowercase characters. The duplexing also offers utility both in digital interfaces and graphic design applications, where playful use of weight change can be developed without shifting layouts.
The sans-serif typeface features elliptical counters and geometric forms, evoking the more utilitarian aspects of 20th Century modernism. Contemporary proportions and a large x-height help to improve readability in digital contexts. Acute angles on characters such as “MZz24” are not chamfered, giving their sharp forms full impact at display sizes. Strokes consistently terminate at precise vertical, horizontal and 45° angles.
The mix of geometric elegance and rigid structure is perfectly suited to branding and corporate use, where a clean and simple aesthetic can be embraced without sacrificing subtle individualising differences.
Philippa is available in 8 styles, across 4 weights.
Stylistic alternates can be activated using the OpenType Stylistic Sets
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Case Sensitive Forms
Case sensitive forms can be activated using the OpenType
Tabular figures can be activated using the OpenType
Small figures can be activated using the OpenType
subsfeature, or using the corresponding superior and inferior unicode characters.H1 O2 x³
Fractions can be activated using the OpenType
fracfeature, or using the corresponding unicode fraction characters where available.8 ½ 99/100
Ordinals can be activated using the OpenType
ordnfeature.8a 9o 8a 9o
Philippa supports these 98 languages.