Plantin was revived by Frank Hinman Pierpont in 1913. It was redesigned based on the Renaissance Roman of the 16th century with mechanical typesetting requirements. It all began when Pierpont visited the Plantin-Moretus Museum. He took home the knowledge, photographs, and typeset specimens in order to collaborate with Fritz Stelzer in creating a new text face.
Plantin produces a thick and strong body text appearance which is ideal for coated papers, editorials, periodicals, books, and on the screens. It comes with four weights and their corresponding italics, and four condensed headline styles. The mild sharpening on the serifs is also noticeable.