It was a very Regal Sunday over at Twitter this past weekend with a totally British reason. To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday the Design Museum dedicated it’s Font Sunday theme to regal fonts.

With plenty of examples, spanning from the Atlantic’s Martin Luther King cover through Vasilis Marmatakis’ work for Yorgos Lanthimo’s multi-awarded The Favourite to 7th Century Visigothic votive crown found in a Spanish orchard in 1850s with suspended gold letters reading “RECCESVINTHVS REX OFFERET” aka “King Recceswinth offered this” this #FontSunday was pure typographic royalty. 

Parachute’s Regal Display Pro, the multi-award-winning typeface with its very own Red Dot: Grand Prix 2012 Award as part of the Regal Pro type system is a typeface which went viral in the Twitterverse.

Elegant and vibrant this serif typeface “incorporates several distinct elements blended with classic forms and is ideal for magazine editorials” notes type designer Panos Vassiliou. 

“The objective of this project was to design a new typeface series for Grazia magazine. First published in 2010, Regal was later revamped and redesigned for commercial use, evolving into a type system with five related superfamilies. According to the brief, this typeface had to be elegant, luxurious, sexy, vibrant, reflect the female sensitivity and take into consideration a modern woman who is more proud, more connected, more spontaneous, open-minded and eager to try a whole host of new products and services.”

The typeface had to be elegant, luxurious, sexy, vibrant, reflect the female sensitivity and proud

“Targeting this consumption-wise and well-educated woman required a typeface that is not strictly based on classic forms, but incorporates several distinct elements that express a modern woman’s personality and the products she consumes. In that respect, a whole series of 5 related superfamilies was designed, which not only emphasize femininity but also reflect both the romantic as well as the dynamic side of the female personality.

This series of typefaces is diverse in its construction as it consists of five related superfamilies. The whole superfamily type system is comprised of 47 weights with an average of 898 glyphs per weight.

“This series of typefaces is diverse in its construction as it consists of five related superfamilies i.e. text, display, finesse, swash, and stencil. There is a variety of weights which range from regular to ultra black for each one of the five families. These families share common attributes but they differ in content according to each one’s usage. The whole superfamily type system is comprised of 47 weights with an average of 898 glyphs per weight. It supports simultaneously Latin, Cyrillic and Greek and comes with many alternate glyphs.”

Slider images: PF Regal Pro via Parachute, Vasilis Marmatakis’ poster and title design for The Favourite via @DesignApplause, 7th Century Visigothic votive crown found in a Spanish orchard in 1850s with suspended gold letters say “RECCESVINTHVS REX OFFERET” – “King Recceswinth offered this” via @philippyke, cover for special issue of The Atlantic on Martin Luther King Jr., 2018 via @michaelbierut, a regal piece of print from Appletye’s Print Works project from the archives of the Queen’s Printer, printed at The Thanet Press in Margate via @Appletye1, the inscription in Trajan’s Column via @blueroom_c 21h, Queen Elizabeth’s Monogram with the R stands for Regina (which in Latin means Queen) whilst the Roman numerals for two signify the second Queen named Elizabeth via @rlwgraphics and Sex Pistols album cover via @ArmandoRoqueCcs.

Explore PF Regal Pro here.

For more #FontSunday inspiration check here.

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