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Tyler Brulé, Monocle, Plantin

Tyler Brulé is the founder of Wallpaper, a mag for art, design, lifestyle, interiors and fashion. He also founded the snobbish mag Monocle, whose typography was discussed by Stephen Coles. It only features Helvetica and Plantin.

Coles: I am convinced that Monocle, now 2 years old, has almost single-handedly given new life to Plantin. The early 20th century relic is suddenly appearing in other magazines and brands after years of relative obscurity. It's not just a copycat trend. With its solemn tone, paper-conserving width, and large x-height, Plantin has definite merit as an alternative to Times and other magazine text typefaces. Monotype recently released Pro versions of the fonts with small caps, fractions, and both text and lining figures built in. But David John Earls replied to that: Lovely design, unfathomably bad and pretentious content. What a waste of Plantin.

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