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Faceplate was originally created for a series of type design workshops. From initial pencil sketches through to finished files, it served as a model design, demonstrating the various states of typeface development. It was made available commercially in 2001 as five half-weights with matching obliques. As humanist sanserifs go, Faceplate is fairly non-descript, however it does have a few distinctive attributes, including bowed-in diagonal strokes, intended to conserve linear space, and a tri-oval g.