Parry Condensed

Parry Condensed
Designed by Artur Schmal

Background

OurType Parry is a typeface design of Artur Schmal. It began in 2002 as Schmal's graduation project at Type & Media at KABK in The Hague. Inspired by the sturdy typefaces of Edmund Fry and Thorowgood, it came out as a fairly traditional, heavy slab serif, complemented by an even heavier condensed variant and a series of sanserif capitals.

As of 2004 the typeface saw further development into what was to become OurType Parry:
First, designing the slab serif that would be suitable for composing longer texts yet retaining the Victorian atmosphere. Secondly, drawing a matching Grotesque, as part of the same family.

Since early nineteenth-century slabserifs and grotesques have been created and produced as separate designs, but, with a fair amount of typographic skills, they often complemented one another better than many contemporary humanistic sanserifs, created to match their serifed counterpart.
Looking at the contemporary designs that address this historical model, OurType Parry is undoubtedly the first to bring a slabserif and grotesque variant under the same proportions, weight and glyph characteristics.

Despite its nineteenth-century perfume, Parry is a contemporary typeface.
It produces a rounder and softer image than the often rigid slab serifs of those times. Some of Parry's design features - like the top serifs - have an outward bulge. And, although such details might be regarded as 'not done', Schmal opted for them, because 'it simply looks good' in combination with sharp-edged bottom of the lowercase c, e and d.

Since its release in 2006 Parry and Parry Grotesque have proven to be a more than versatile typeface. It is a comfortable and reliable choice for a wide range of applications: from corporate identities to subtile book typography, from magazines to billboard-sized advertising campaigns.

From 2008, both Parry and Parry Grotesque, have undergone substantial development: designing four new weights, amending a range of glyphs and their spacing, as well as developing the PRO character set. The four new weights - Ultra Thin, Thin, Light and Extra Black - have been designed to enhance Parry's performance in display sizes.

The most recent addition to the family - the Condensed variants - had been designed by Artur Schmal in collaboration with OurType's Thomas Thiemich, under the type direction of Fred Smeijers.

Currently, OurType Parry Condensed consists of roman and italic designs in eight weights: Ultra Thin, Thin, Light, Normal, SemiBold, Bold, Black and Extra Black. The Pro character set (PRO) includes small caps, lining, old style and small cap figures (each in tabular and proportional widths); fractions; comprehensive scientific superiors and inferiors, nominators and denominators; case sensitive punctuation sets; mathematical and monetary symbols (in tabular and proportional widths); arrows; standard and discretionary ligatures; and a complete range of accents for all Latin-script-based Western, Central and East European languages.

Produced by OurType and released in 2015, Parry Condensed family is available in OpenType PRO, TrueType, EOT, and WOFF formats.

Language Support

Parry Condensed OTF PRO fonts support the following languages:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish.

Parry Condensed fonts are delivered in OpenType Pro, TrueType, WOFF & EOT format.

Opentype Pro Features

  • Small Caps
  • Small Capitals from Capitals
  • Case Sensitive Forms
  • Localized Forms
  • Standard ligatures
  • Discretionary ligatures
  • Slashed Zero
  • Lining Figures
  • Old Style Figures
  • Proportional Figures
  • Tabular Figures
  • Scientific Inferiors
  • Superscript
  • Numerators
  • Denominators
  • Fractions
  • Ordinals

Single weights

  • Parry Condensed Pro UltraThin
  • Parry Condensed Pro UltraThin Italic
  • Parry Condensed Pro Thin
  • Parry Condensed Pro Thin Italic
  • Parry Condensed Pro Light
  • Parry Condensed Pro Light Italic
  • Parry Condensed Pro Normal
  • Parry Condensed Pro Normal Italic
  • Parry Condensed Pro SemiBold
  • Parry Condensed Pro SemiBold Italic
  • Parry Condensed Pro Bold
  • Parry Condensed Pro Bold Italic
  • Parry Condensed Pro Black
  • Parry Condensed Pro Black Italic
  • Parry Condensed Pro ExtraBlack
  • Parry Condensed Pro ExtraBlack Italic
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