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This sharp but approachable family takes its cues from the brutal simplicity of Josef Albers’ reductive lettering and the informal stencils made by graphic designer Jacno for the French Théâtre National Populaire in the 1950s.
The use of stencil technique predates movable type and goes back to the 17th century. It started picking up momentum in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century it caught the attention of designers and architects such as Le Corbusier who adopted Didot-like stencils for labelling architectural drawings. It is used frequently for signage in industrial and urban environments but it has also become quite popular among graffiti artists.
Most stencil typefaces are adapted from existing non-stencil typefaces, but PF Spine is rather distinct in its construction as it was developed using for its skeleton a minimalistic range of triangular shapes, curves and lines with drastic stroke omissions, carefully designed to provide a harmonious balance and visual uniformity in all supported languages.
This typeface comes in 4 styles including two versions for making 3D layered stencils with different shades of grey or colour for each layer. The 3D layers have been reworked to ensure sequential letters without breaks, by eliminating the inter-character white space that usually builds up inside the shadow, making room for an even flow which is determined by the upper and lower part of the letterforms.
Furthermore, PF Spine provides advanced typographic features including alternate glyphs for initial, medial and final glyphs. It supports Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.

Type Designer

Parachute Typefoundry

Parachute is a digital type foundry and design agency, specialising in bespoke type design, corporate typefaces and lettering. We use the power of typography to transform living brands to global brands, enrich their identity and localise their language in emerging markets. Our team is a visionary group of type designers, graphic designers, font engineers and copywriters which has effectively collaborated with leading international organizations to incorporate complex custom type design into their brand’s strategic plan and convey their message in style.

We have designed proprietary typefaces for some of the world’s most iconic brands and institutions such as Bank of America, Apple, European Commission, National Geographic, Ikea, Kraft Foods, UEFA, Samsung, Financial Times, Pernod Ricard, Ogilvy, Emirates.

Our work has earned numerous accolades around the world with top honours from TDC, Red Dot, European Design Awards, Tokyo TDC, HiiiBrand, Granshan Awards, Communication Arts and several others.

Licensing Information
The full Adobe Fonts library is cleared for both personal and commercial use.

As with everything from Adobe Fonts, you can use these fonts for:

Design Projects

Create images or vector artwork, including logos

Website Publishing

Create a Web Project to add any font from our service to your website


Embed fonts in PDFs for viewing and printing

Video and Broadcast

Use fonts to create in-house or commercial video content

And more…

Visit the Adobe Fonts Licensing  FAQ for full details

Visit Parachute Typefoundry to purchase additional licensing and services, including:
Mobile Apps: Embed fonts in your app UI
Self Hosting: Host web font files on your own server
Custom Services: Request modifications or bespoke fonts directly from the foundry
Volume licensing: Use the fonts across your whole organization
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How to Use

You may encounter slight variations in the name of this font, depending on where you use it. Here’s what to look for.


In application font menus, this font will display:

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To use this font on your website, use the following CSS:

font-family: {{familyCtrl.selectedVariation.family.css_font_stack.replace('"', '').replace('",', ', ')}};
font-style: italicnormal;
font-weight: {{familyCtrl.selectedVariation.font.web.weight}};

Glyph Support & Stylistic Filters

Fonts in the Adobe Fonts library include support for many different languages, OpenType features, and typographic styles.