Paperback is a resurrection of the practice of designing different typefaces for use at specific sizes. This process of mastering has largely fallen by the wayside since the demise of cut metal type. With modern technology, it is now possible to use any typeface at any size. However, this often does not yield optimal typographic results. A font that is intended for display applications may not perform well in text settings. Likewise, a font designed for text applications may not be appropriate in display sizes. Designers have attempted a "one font size fits all" paradigm, but this strategy nearly always results in inflexible typefaces that lack the sturdiness needed for text and the sophistication desired for display. John Downer ingeniously solved this problem in the Paperback family by drawing fonts that are optimized for use in specific size ranges, allowing the family to prosper in a wide range of situations.
As the size range of the various Paperback masters rises, the stem widths of the typeface, along with the overall typographic color, become increasingly more delicate. The individual letterforms feature complex facets that help maintain excellent legibility at small sizes. As the size range increases, these facets are refined, but they are not completely eliminated. These small details give Paperback a unique texture that has been carefully balanced across all of the masters, making the collection a superb choice for almost any setting.
Paperback Text features several figure styles. Included are old-style figures for use in running text, lining figures for use with uppercase forms and small caps figures. Lining figures are also supplied in tabular format for use in columnar settings. Plus, superscript and subscript figures are included for use in fractions, footnotes, etc. OpenType-savvy applications will build fractions on the fly. A full range of "nut" fractions are also supplied.