Monocle is a lifestyle magazine and website founded by Tyler Brûlé, a Canadian journalist and entrepreneur. Described by CBC News reporter Harry Forestell as a “meeting between Foreign Policy and Vanity Fair”, the magazine provides a globalist perspective on issues as fashion, international affairs and design. Hamilton Nolan, editor for Gawker, described Monocle magazine as “a lifestyle magazine for young, stylish, business-oriented jetsetters”. It had also previously been described on Gawker as a “travel-culture magazine” and a repository of “lifestyle sensuality and gaywad uptightness”
Plantin is the typeface named after the famous 16th-century printer Christophe Plantin. Based on type made by Robert Granjon in the 1500s, Plantin typeface was conceived by Monotype in 1913, under the direction of Frank Hinman Pierpont. Plantin was also a reference for the development of Times New Roman by Stanley Morison and Victor Lardent.
Plantin was recently chosen to be used in Monocle magazine that created by the founder of Wallpaper* Tyler Brûlé in 2007. It is considered to be one of the most elegant magazines on the newsstand of the day. Only two typefaces were used in it, and the other one is Helvetica. It is surprising to see how these typefaces merged together harmoniously and how decent they present the magazine.
Today, the Plantin family includes Light, Regular, Semi Bold and Bold weights. Plantin Headline was especially drawn for display setting, and a full suite of small caps, ligatures and old style figures have been drawn for the text designs.