What is the Dair® font?
Designer: Carl Dair
Revived by: Nick Shinn
A restoration of the first Canadian-designed typeface, which was completed by Carl Dair in 1967 and named after 16th century explorer Jacques Cartier, who mapped the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the 1530s.
The design is characterized by ascenders which tower dramatically above the capitals, by condensed italic minuscules inclined at a mere 6 degrees—and by its profound empathy for the core principles of the roman type form, originating over 500 years ago. More…
The revival was made from a printed example of the face, in the The Magic Fiddler, and Other Legends of French Canada by Claude Aubry, published in 1968.
Dair 67 and Dair 67 Italic will create facsimiles of the original fonts’ typesetting.
Dair and Dair Italic are fully-featured 21st century fonts.
Dair TBNT is precisely fitted and kerned for the Tight But Not Touching style of the 1970s (notably different from both Optical kerning and tracked-in Dair).
Dair® Font families
The Dair® includes the following font families:
- Dair Italic
- Dair 67
- Dair 67 Italic
- Dair TBNT
Here is a preview of how Dair® will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.
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