1. A rectangular piece of paper or parchment, especially one on which to write.
2. A textface designed to offer a comfortable continuous reading, with humanist proportions, an even texture, and informal calligraphic details noticeable only at big sizes, that gives it a contemporary feeling. It includes five weights with matching italics, several sets of figures, small caps in all weights and lots of OpenType features.
Pliego has been named after Pliegos de Cordel, the Spanish word for the popular books that were common during the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries. These were rough, cheap books that basically consisted in a folded sheet attached to a string, hence the name. Their content was varied, from popular tales to ballads and songs, but also crimes and mysteries.
They were cheaply made, roughly printed and bound and used to be sold by chaps, who gave their name to those Chapbooks. Have a look to the Spanish Chapbook collection on the University of Cambridge Digital Library.
The name Pliego (sheet) evokes the idea of the old language of the printing trade, but also a rough look, angular edges, informal taste, but classical look.
Pliego has been a long & hard work, thanks to Joana Correia, Donny Truong, Elena Veguillas, Noe Blanco, Ana Moliz and the Cañas & Tipos crew for making it easier.