The Parkinson display family was designed in 1976 by Jim Parkinson for Rolling Stone magazine. Roger Black, back then its art director, was looking for an edgy, idiosyncratic style and found Parkinson to be the right lettering artist for this assignment (see this short video of Black on their collaboration). “It’s a crazy melding of the magazine’s original logo by San Francisco poster artist Rick Griffin and ATF Jenson,” says Parkinson, “I think of it as Nicholas Jenson on acid.” Following the rise of the magazine, more styles were added year after year up to the current 10 styles in four weights with italics and condensed.
Parkinson is a peculiar venetian oldstyle full of character. It is optimized for onscreen use down to 14 px, yet the sometimes wonky details best come into picture at display sizes. At Rolling Stone, the family has long been used to great effect alongside Titling Gothic — a contrasty and exciting combination. Or try Parkinson with Antenna or Scout, or our latest petite-sized serif family Custer RE.
As with all fonts on Webtype, Parkinson can be tested free of charge for 30 days. For more details, see the Parkinson webfont page.